The Pregnant Maiden
aka Young, Pregnant and Unmarried
Dir / Scr: Chor Yuen
Prod Co: Hou Hou
Cast: Connie Chan Po-chu, Lui Kay, Helena Law Lan, Stanley Fung Shui-fan
1968 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 98min
The late 1960s saw the rise of youth culture in Hong Kong cinema, embodied by the likes of Connie Chan Po-chu, wildly popular young actresses known as Jade Girls and the venturesome work of filmmakers the likes of Chor Yuen. The Pregnant Maiden, starring Chan and directed by Chor, is a rarity of Cantonese cinema -- a screwball comedy that has left behind all the serious pretensions of earlier Cantonese cinema, frolicking instead with abandon in Hong Kong's new-found prosperity and emerging urbanity. No more social realities, no more anti-feudalism rage, no more artistic idealism, just simple fun. Yet, delve deeper into the film and one finds a streak of biting satire, mocking various institutions from parenthood to virginity to friendship to love to family honor... A comedy sensation!
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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