Miss Chan's Boat Chase
Dir: Chan Pei
Scrs: Lee Sau-kei, Lam Fei
Orig Story: Zhang Henshui
Cast: Yam Kim-fai, Pak Suet-sin, Leung Sing-po
1955 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 98min
Adapting folktales is a practice of Chinese opera and also Cantonese sing-song films. Miss Chan's Boat Chase is one of the examples. The film is adapted from the literary work of famous novelist Zhang Henshui. Chan Miu-sheung and Poon Bitching is a couple by arranged marriage but have never met each other. Chan is separated from her family during the war and coincidentally ends up working in a tea house owned by Poon’s aunt. She falls in love with Poon without knowing that he is her fiancé. However, Poon’s aunt is against their relationship and upon the knowledge of Chan being pregnant with Poon’s child, she sends Chan away. Finally, with the help of Chow Tak, the couple reunited. Chan Pei is apt at choosing performers and provides excellent dramatic settings to bring the performers into full play.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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