The Perfumed Ball
Dir: Chow Sze-luk
Cast: Chong Suet-kuen, Fang Qiaoyu, Ding Chuqiao, Lin Jingyi
1963 / Colour / D Beta / Chaozhou-dialect /
Chi & Eng subtitles / 96min
The story begins with a martial arts contest where the champion would win Hou Yueying’s (Fang Qiaoyu) as his bride. Gao Qingyun (Chong Suet-kuen) emerges undefeated, but in turn earns the hatred of Liang Wucai (Chen Wenchang), son of a treacherous court official. The entire Gao family are forced to flee as a result of Liang’ malicious scheme. Qingyun’s twin brother Qinglong (doubled by Chong Suet-kuen) runs into an outlaw’s daughter Guiying (Ding Chuqiao) and the two instantly fall for each other. As it happens, Yueying, being pestered by the amorous Liang, also seeks shelter with the outlaw, thus setting off a chain of hilarious misunderstanding among the foursome. Dongshan Company’s debut title with Shaw Brothers, the film was advertised as the first ever widescreen colour Chaozhou-dialect picture which cost HK$1 million to make. Such production value resulted in a visual feast of sumptuous sets complemented by a star-studded cast, whereas fight scenes were made all the more convincing with a line up of 50-strong martial artists.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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