The Song of the Nightingale
Dir: Wong Toi Orig Story: Li Ngaw
Scr: Lam Fei
Co-starring: Christine Pai Lu-ming, Woo Fung, Lee Hong-kum, Lau Hark-suen, Fung Bo-bo
1961 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 106min
Based on the novel by Li Ngaw, Christine Pai Lu-ming stars in this twist-filled melodrama as Ming, a poor girl who is sold into the Shin family as a servant to pay off her debts. She’s bullied by Sau-fung (Lee Hong-kum) and nearly raped by the family’s son Tai-hei (Cheng Kwun-min). Eventually, Ming escapes the city with her lover Shingyam (Woo Fung), and the couple finally find happiness when Shing-yam finds success with a jewellery dealer. However, the couple’s relationship is put in jeopardy when Saufung and Tai-hei return to their lives. From wealthy heir to a poor, desperate scammer, Cheng Kwun-min is downright loathsome as Tai-hei. Matched with Lee Hong-kum as his two-faced partner-in-crime, the duo is in a class of their own as traditional melodrama villains.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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