The Red-Haired Steed
Dir: Law Cho (Law Chi) Scr: Wong Kwan-shek
Cast: Chen Chuhui, Fang Qiaoyu, Mei Zhen, Cheung Ying-yin
1963 / B&W / D Beta / Chaozhou-dialect / Chi subtitles / 111min
The folktale of the same name is familiar to many, having been rendered into Peking and Cantonese operas on top of Chaozhou opera. Xue Pinggui (played by Chen Chuhui) has to beg on the streets for a living. He happens to form a mutual affection with Wang Baochuan (Fang Qiaoyu), the prime minister’s daughter. Despite Xue’s win at the groom selection contest, Wang’s father (Cheung Ying-yin) breaks his promise and disapproves of the match. The devoted woman however remains undaunted, going as far as severing ties with her family to live in utter poverty with her love. But soon after, Xue is drafted and the newlyweds have to be separated. Xue, on his red-haired steed, loses the battle against a foreign tribe and is forced to marry their princess (Mei Zhen). 18 years later, all hardships finally pay off as the star-crossed couple are reunited. Leading lady Fang Qiaoyu inhabits both roles as the rich maiden and the poor wife with her remarkable acting and stagecraft.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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