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Uncovering Liuli in This Mortal World

By Chen Jie (China Daily)

08:50, April 25, 2013

A work of liuli. (China Daily)

One is an award-winning actress, another a once promising movie director from the 1980s. Today, the duo is better known for creating liuli, Chinese glass art works that have a rich yet little known history dating back thousands of years, Chen Jie reports.

It began one night in Taipei, in 1984. Chang Yi, 33, sat opposite Loretta Hui-shan Yang, 32, at a dinner hosted by senior director Lee Hsing.

Back then, Chang was one of the young directors in Taiwan's New Wave Cinema, who was going to adapt Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai's Madam Yu Ching (Jade Love) into a film, and Yang, was one of the most popular actresses at that time. The other guests at the dinner included several producers and the writer Pai.

"He was young, good-looking, did not talk much," Yang remembers.

"She was getting all the attention but did not look interested in the movie," Chang recalls.

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