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Hit TV Series Takes Page From BBC With Recycled Letters

By Liu Shuangshuang and Han Wei
Actor Zhang Guoli reads a letter by playwright Cao Yu
Actor Zhang Guoli reads a letter by playwright Cao Yu

(Beijing) — “We were young and fought for the future together. As a wife, I got more loneliness from him than happiness, but as his fan, I appreciated his thought-provoking films … Everything from our past shall remain my very own secret and live with me.”

These are excerpts of a letter penned by veteran Taiwanese pop singer Tsai Chin in 2007 after the death of her ex-husband Edward Yang, a film director. Their decade-long marriage unraveled in 1995, fueling gossip in China’s yellow press that it had long been a sexless union. The letter recently went viral on Chinese social media after being read on a primetime TV show that has put the spotlight on private correspondence dating back to the Ming Dynasty.

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