Wife in Disguise
Dir: Yeung Fan Scr: He Han
Cast: Chong Suet-kuen, Shek Ling, He Yizeng
1963 / B&W / D Beta / Chaozhou-dialect / Chi subtitles / 115min
One of the fewer comedies in Chaozhou-dialect cinema, Wife in Disguise is a funfilled romantic drama. The male protagonist is the impoverished scholar Li Chunlin (Chong Suet-kuen) whose wife died lately. To attend his father-in-law’s birthday banquet and to raise money for the trip, he asks Guiying (Shek Ling), the beautiful maid of his cousin’s wife, to pretend as his second wife. Hardly ever favoured by fortune, the imposters eventually become a real couple. As it happens, however, Li’s licentious cousin (He Yizeng) files a case with the law court in contention for the maid. After a string of amusing happenings, the happy ending sees Li and Guiying joined in matrimony, whereas the evil cousin is ordered to marry an ugly maid as his concubine. The film doesn’t shy itself from making digs at social ills and suffocating morals, but the hilarious plotline and madcap antics by the chousheng (clown) soften the heavy and serious into something light-hearted.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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