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Lilian Lee


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Lilian Lee has worked as a journalist, television playwright, and dance drama curator. A columnist for many newspapers and magazines, Ms. Lee has published more than 100 books, many of which have been translated into various languages. A number of her works have been adapted into films, including Rouge, Farewell My Concubine, Green Snake, A Terra Cotta Warrior, The Reincarnation of Golden Lotus, Kawashima Yoshiko, Temptation of a Monk, and Dumplings. In 2008, Farewell My Concubine was adapted by renowned Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa for the theater. In 2010 and 2011, her novels Life and Death Bridge and A Terra Cotta Warrior were adapted into TV series on CCTV.
Ms. Lee practiced Chinese dance for 10 years in her teens. She has produced many dance shows for the Hong Kong Dance Company, such as Chinese Historic Myths, Femme Fatale, Rouge, and Temptation of a Monk. In 2011, she collaborated with Shanxi Huajin Dance Theatre on adapting her novel into the dance theater show Peking Opera Years.
The theater production of Green Snake marks the first cooperation between Ms. Lee and the National Theatre of China.

Current as of March 2014
Lilian Lee