Dir: Lee Sun-fung
Orig Story: Ng Cho-fan
Scr: Fung Yat-wai
Prod Co.: Grandview
Cast: Ng Cho-fan, Pak Yin, Siu Yin Fei
1951 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 105min
The use of film noir aesthetics to mirror the scheming and machinations between financial tycoons, plus Pak Yin’s unusual appearance as the femme fatale make for this rare experiment in Cantonese cinema. Yung (Ng Cho-fan) is an upper-class kid who has fallen from grace. He forms a warped relationship with a rich widow (Pak Yin), only to meet again his wife (Siu Yin Fei) with whom he’s lost touch during the war. The fateful affair eventually opens up a Pandora’s box, turning jealousy, betrayal and selfishness into fatal outcomes. Grandview studio’s ambition to thrive in postwar Hong Kong afforded Cantonese film auteur Lee Sun-fung and wizard- cinematographer Ho Look-ying plenty of room to break the mould. The resulting film is an avant-garde work that imbues the populist melodrama with Expressionist elements, delving into the human psyche in ways hardly ever seen before.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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