The Skeleton Tower Under the Sea, Part One
Dir: Fung Chi-kong Scr: Lee Siu-wan
Co-starring: Patricia Lam Fung, Lee Bo-ying, Fung Bo-bo, Cecilia Lee Fung-sing, Lee Hong-kum
1965 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 87min
In the late 1950’s, "the Crab Beauty" films broke Hong Kong box office records and expanded Yu Lai-zhen’s popularity to Singapore and Malaysia. Eight years later, Yu reprised one of her most popular roles in The Skeleton Tower under the Sea . In this fantasy adventure, The Crab Beauty teams up with the Snail Spirit and the Mussel Spirit (played by fellow stars Patricia Lam Fung and Lee Bo-ying respectively) to form the “Shadowless Trio.” The righteous heroines first help widower Ching Tin-shou (Cecilia Lee Fung-sing) and his son (Fung Bo-bo) defeat the Golden Monk (Yu Siu-tien), and then they take on the villainous Rooster Spirit (Lee Hong-kum). Director Fung Chi-kong and his stars compensate the lack of opera scenes in the film with plenty of action and fantastic animated special effects, creating amazing supernatural battles that simply cannot be missed by fantasy fans.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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