It was a Cold Winter Night
Dir / Scr: Lee Sun-fung
Orig Story: Ba Jin
Cast: Ng Cho-fan, Pak Yin, Lee Ching, Wong Man-lei
1955 / B&W / 35mm / Cantonese / 137min
It was a Cold Winter Night, produced by Union Film bigwig Ng Chofan's company Hwa Lien Film, is an emblem of Cantonese cinema's Golden Age. Adapted from a novel by the influential writer Ba Jin, it tells the story of a man, his wife and his mother during and after the war, the difficulties of their relationship coalesced from the weight of traditions, the devastations of war and the clash of personalities. The film makes effective use of the family melodrama's genre conventions, harvesting heart-wrenching emotions with vivid characterizations, evocative mise-en-scene and performances by turns broad and nuanced by Ng and fellow Union Film founders Pak Yin and Wong Man-lei.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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