The Bride with White Hair (1993)
Directed by Ronny Yu
The film's main character, Lien Ni-Chang, is very loosely based on the protagonist of Liang Yusheng's novel Romance of the White Haired Maiden, which had earlier served as source material for the 1982 film Wolf Devil Woman . However the director Yu himself saw the film as a “Romeo and Juliet” story and said that the lovers’ struggle against fate and their heroic duty inspired him more than the familiar trappings of most martial arts adventures . As such the movie departs significantly from the original source .
A sequel The Bride with White Hair 2 was made a year later and directed by David Wu Dai-Wai.
Cho Yi-Hang (Leslie Cheung) was raised by Taoist Tzu Yang (Pao Fong) of the Wu-Tang Clan and groomed into a fine young swordsman with a sense of chivalry and righteousness. He is placed in command of a coalition army formed by the Eight Great Clans of the Central Plains to eliminate an evil cult based in Manchuria. During the battle, Cho meets a young woman named Lien Ni-Chang (Brigitte Lin) and falls in love with her. She reveals herself to be an orphan who was raised by wolves as an infant and later brought into the care of Chi Wu-Shuang (Francis Ng and Elaine Lui), the Siamese twins who led the evil cult. For their love, Lien decides to leave the cult and be with Cho forever. Both of them want to leave the Jianghu and become an ordinary couple.
Lien Ni-Chang manages to leave the cult after suffering great pains. On the other hand, Cho Yi-Hang returns to Wu-Tang and discovers that his teacher and fellow students have been murdered. They believe that Lien Ni-Chang was responsible. When Lien Ni-Chang shows up to bring Cho Yi-Hang away with her, the coalition attacks her. Cho is forced to take the side of the coalition and he fights Lien. Lien feels that Cho had betrayed her love and she immediately morphs into a vicious white-haired killer. Lien Ni-Chang kills all the coalition members present, henceforth becoming a sworn enemy of the Eight Clans. Meanwhile, Chi Wu-Shuang appears and reveals that they were responsible for killing the Wu-Tang members. With their combined efforts, Cho Yi-Hang and Lien Ni-Chang manage to defeat and kill Chi Wu-Shuang. However, Lien Ni-Chang vows never to forgive Cho Yi-Hang for betraying her love and the film ends with Lien walking away into the far distance while Cho looks on helplessly.
Brigitte Lin - Lien Ni-Chang