Dir: Ko Lup Scr: Yiu Sheung-sit aka Hsi Kin
Cast: Chen Chuhui, Zeng Shanfeng, Cheung Ying-yin, Fong Hon-chong, Fengji
1963 / Colour / D Beta / Chaozhou-dialect / Chi subtitles / 95min
The folklore behind many Chaozhou-dialect film adaptations are no novelty, yet Fairy Pearl is a revelation for its day with its use of Eastmancolor technology, spectacular special effects, and location shooting of lakeside scenery. Scholar Li Zichang (played by Chen Chuhui) is rewarded a magic pearl after he came to the rescue of the Frog Fairy (Zeng Shanfeng). With the pearl, Li brings dead fish back to life, to the relief of struggling fishermen and yet the displeasure of self-aggrandising merchants. Soon Li finds himself behind bars for a trumped-up charge and is robbed of the pearl. The Fairy eventually wields her power and drowns the villains, sealing the romance with her mortal lover. In addition to the fantasy-filled story plot, special effect works its magic as the fairies come vividly to life. Under the lens of cinematographer Li Man-kit, natural landscape becomes picturesque in an effective mixture of location shoots and studio sets.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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