A Girl in Disguise
Dir: Zhu Shilin
Scrs: Fu Che, Chan Chiu, Chan Ching-po
Cast: Michael Lai, Wong Oi-ming, Shek Hwei
1959 / B&W / D Beta / Dubbed in Cantonese / 90min
A comedy that appeals to the ideals of the adult world as seen through the eyes of the children. Shek Hwei who, together with four street kids (Michael Lai, Wong Oi-ming et al), scours the streets for scraps to eat or sell, but a case of mistaken identity leads her and her ‘entourage’ into a ritzy mansion where a party is in full swing. All hell breaks loose when the real mistress returns home to a brawl that involves her guests and a retinue of uninvited street kids. A social critique that juxtaposes the worlds of the rich and the poor (prompted by the stark image of children dancing to stay warm in the chilly wind and having harmless, rollicking fun in the mansion), injected with a heavy dose of irony and sarcasm to shed light on the harsh reality of a capitalist society. The adorable young actors, who worked tirelessly to perfect the song and dance routine, served to take the edge off the political sub-texts. Michael, with his very cute round face, big eyes and moppet of thick black hair, was one of the most charming child stars to emerge from the leftist camp.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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