The Prodigious Child and Her Loyal Dog
Dir/ Scr: Lung To
Cast: Fung Bo-bo, Mak Bing-wing, Cheng Bik-ying, Sek Kin, Lee Hong-kum, Lau Hark-suen
1961 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 95 min
Some say animals and children are the hardest to film. But way back in the 1960s there was already a Cantonese film featuring a precocious child and a selfless dog. Human-canine love certainly isn’t the monopoly of Japanese cinema. Fung Bo-bo lives with sister Cheng Bik-ying, grandma and an adopted dog named Wong Choy in a village. Cheng rejects a rich and vulgar suitor who takes revenge by causing trouble for the family, but they are saved by Mak Bing-wing who happens to be spending the night with them. The furious suitor sends someone to abduct Fung and Wong, and set fire to the house. Luckily Wong Choy saves his young mistress, and gets Lau to save the rest of the family. Fung Bo-bo and the dog both give heart-warming performances. Bo-bo’s role as the charming imp has become a constant in all her films. When Lau commends her for carrying his luggage, she replies, ‘Good girl? I’m only putting it away so you can’t leave!’
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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