Dawn Must Come
Dir: Wang Weiyi
Scr: Chan Chan-wan
Prod Co.: Nanguo
Cast: Lee Ching, Cheung Ying, Wong Sun, Ma Mang-ping, Lee Yuet-ching
1950 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 107min
The debut title of Nanguo Film Company helmed by a band of southbound filmmakers, who pledged to make quality films and take Cantonese cinema up a notch. The story is set in the post-WWII Pearl River, where life of the grassroots farmers are just as pathetic due to widespread corruptions between the landlords and the officials. At the centre of the plot is a young couple, who are forced to leave for Guangzhou but only run into more hardships. This well-researched realist drama depicts Guangdong in vivid details, such as the farmers and rural landscape, coolies at the pier, blind girl singers on the streets, folk artists, as well as the traditional values of the people. The crisply-edited combat scene shot on location along the Pearl River also takes on epic proportions. In the end, the couple rows a boat back to their hometown, wrapping up their own chapter in the history book of town–country dynamics.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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