Dir: Luk Bong
Orig Story: Charles Perrault’s Cinderella
Scr: Chan Wan
Co-starring: Patricia Lam Fung, Cheung Ying-choi, Lam Yim, Lee Yuet-ching , Ha Wai
1959 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 90min
Cinderella is remade as a Cantonese period farce by director Luk Bong and Shaw Studio in this comedic fairy tale. When the prince is rumoured to be making a trip to find a civilian as his princess, the entire town goes into a frenzy, from girls filled with palace dreams to city government officials charged with welcoming the prince, though they don’t even know what the prince looks like. On his journey, the prince meets Jenny (Patricia Lam Fung) and invites her to the princess pageant. However, Jenny’s evil stepmother and sisters are determined to crush her dreams, inspiring the fairy godmother to offer her assistance. More comedic in tone than its source material, the film adds plenty of new material to the story without losing its romantic, fairy tale charm. Cheng Kwun-min gives a hilarious performance as the incompetent secretary, delivering long-winded, tongue-twisting dialogue that frustrates other characters, but tickles the audiences’ funny bone.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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