Short Takes: Baying For Bai Ling

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Bai Ling as the ravishing goddess

Saturday, Mar. 17, 2001 She blazed a trail when she left China and pitched up in New York with seven movies and two years in a Beijing mental institution behind her ("we were all deluded romantics"). All that and she was only 21 summers young.

Bobbing and weaving, eking out any small opportunities that studying film at NYU afforded her, she quickly learned to speak English and got a bit part on "The Crow," an ill-fated project which saw Brandon Lee (Bruce's son) get killed on the set when...