Like her more famous elder sister Hu Die, Hu Shan 胡珊 was born in Shanghai to a Cantonese family with ancestral roots in Heshan, Guangdong. While never attaining the superstar status of her sister, she had a good movie career, starting out with the Tianyi studio in the plum title role in "Hua Mulan Cong Jun"《花木兰从军》[Hua Mulan Joins the Army], regarded as her signature film. After that, she joined her sister at the Mingxing studio, appearing in two supporting roles there before leaving after 1929 to join the Fudan studio. It is unrecorded whether her departure from Mingxing was at all connected to director Zhang Shichuan's decision to promote her sister as the studio's sole diva, but it is notable that Hu Shan's roles had been shrinking, and shortly after Zhang made his decision, Hu Shan left Mingxing for the smaller Fudan studio. At Fudan, she again had first billing, but after the studio ceased operations at the end of 1931, she was forced to move on once more, rejoining Tianyi, where she had started. She made a successful transition to sound, acting the lead in several early sound movies for Tianyi, the last in early 1935. After making two more films in 1935 for Jixing (Lucky Star), a small Shanghai studio, she retired.
Details of Hu Shan's later life are unrecorded, but Hu Die's posthumously published memoirs included several photos of herself with family members. One of these was of the two sisters sitting together in Hu Die's home in Vancouver, so we can assume that like her sister, Hu Shan also lived out her days in Canada.
Hua Mulan Joins the Army ... Mulan
Kick ... Miss C.
The Girl Detective ... gangster's widow
A Duel of Swordsmen
Emperor Qianlong Tours the South, pts. 1,2
The Bloody Blade
Burning of White Flower Tower
Burning of Seven Stars Mansion, pts. 1-6
Flowers of Blood, Traces of Tears
A Man and a Woman
A Night of Luxury
Two Daughters of the Northeast (aka Two Orphan Girls on the Battlefield)
All for the Legacy
Quest for Love
A Movie Actress
Time Passes By (aka Homecoming)
Two Guys and a Girl (aka Quarrelsome Lovers)
Song of the Rose