Should They Marry?
Dirs: Zhu Shilin, Bai Chen
Scr: Lu Jue
Prod Co.: Dragon-Horse
Cast: Li Lihua, Han Fei, Jiang Ming, Lan Qing, Liu Lian
1951 / B&W / D Beta / Mandarin / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 111min
A wedding musician fails to wed his own love: Little Trumpet is raring to marry his childhood sweetheart, but a series of setbacks has prevented them from getting their way. Criticism against social formalities becomes all the more forceful with the clever use of contrast and irony, not to mention the realist and comedic touch a la Zhu Shilin. Of special mention is the famous teahouse scene where dynamic, melodic camerawork creates a hilarity that continues to amaze to this day. A genuine masterpiece with every single detail, down to the minor props, forming an integral part of a whole. Today, young couples are struggling nonetheless to get a roof over their heads, a testimony to the fact that poverty still reigns beneath the facade of harmony and stability after all these years.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
* Post-screening talk with Shu Kei and David Chan
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