Dir: Wong Kit Scr: Lam Fei
Cast: Xia Fan, Lan Tian (Lam Tin), Li Rui, Shi Lei
1958 / B&W / D Beta / Chaozhou-dialect /
Chi subtitles / 104min
A staple Chaozhou opera based on a homicide case in real life. Feng Yuanbiao (Lan Tian), governor of the Jieyang County, takes Wang Yuerong (Xia Fan) in as his concubine. Her beauty and virtues fuel the jealousy of Feng’s wife Su (Li Rui), who brutalises Wang and scars her face with scissors when Feng is away on business. After labour, Wang puts her son in the care of servant Feng Yi (Ying Sheng), lest the newborn should share her fate. Soon after, Su and her brother poison Wang and bury her body in the backyard. Upon returning home, Feng is told that Wang has left for good, but the cat is let out of the bag after Feng hears Wang’s travails in his dreams. At last, Su poisons herself whereas her brother is brought to justice. In the 1950s, non-action dramas were the order of the day. This film featured a cast of movie actors and transformed an opera piece into a melodrama readily enjoyable for both the elite and the masses. The popular appeal also preserved colloquialisms typical of the Chaozhou culture.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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