The Bride with White Hair (1993) is a high-fantasy wuxia film, directed by Ronny Yu, and starring Brigitte Lin and Leslie Cheung.
I remember watching this movie at home, on VHS with my family, after becoming a huge fan of Brigitte Lin.
I remember being absolutely disappointed because I had no idea what was going on, thanks to the heavy censorship on the film (yep, most of Brigitte and Leslie’s scenes in the water? Gore? All gone).
Now that I got to watch it 23 years later, I realized how beautiful the film was, and how masterfully Brigitte and Leslie used their eyes to convey their characters’ emotions. I feel as if they could do without all the lines and just act with their eyes. They are that good.
Brigitte is not only brilliant in this film, she is absolutely stunning. Her body language is very wolf-like and there is a certain “wildness” attached to Lian Nichang, which is totally different from how she portrays Asia the Invincible or Yau Mo-yan, her other classic characters. So far there has been over ten versions of the Bride with White Hair, but no actress could bring out this “wild” side of Lian Nichang as well as Brigitte.
To me, this is one of Brigitte’s best films, alongside Swordsman II and New Dragon Gate Inn.