Dir: Zhu Shilin
Scrs: Zhu Shilin, Shen Ji
Prod Co.: Feng Huang
Cast: Han Fei, Ella Kiang, Kung Chiuhsia, Lü Ning, Tong Yi
1953 / B&W / D Beta / Dubbed in Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 93min
The Moon Festival is a time for family. And yet in a world where money talks loudest, social etiquette makes life harder than ever for those who are barely scraping by. Chan, an office worker, finds himself having to buy gifts for his managers to hold down his job, and for his sister’s snobbish in-laws to help save her face, all the while being urged to pay his kids’ school fee and repay the money he borrowed for the Dragon Boat Festival. Again, director Zhu Shilin portrayed life’s absurdities in his gentle, empathetic manner, calling for reflections on the ritual of gift-giving. Not compromised at all by the lack of dramatic twists, this tragi-comic social drama tells in dainty strokes the hardships faced by the working class in the 1950s, arguably one of Hong Kong cinema’s best.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
* Post-screening talk with Shu Kei and Timmy Chen
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