Father Takes a Bride
Dir: Wong Tin-lam
Scr: Eileen Chang
Cast: Peter Dunn, Lucilla You Min, Kelly Lai Chen, Wang Yin, Wang Lai, Xiao Peipei, Paul Dunn
1963 / B&W / D Beta / Mandarin / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 93min
Father Takes a Bride starts off as a cute romantic comedy, showing how the reunion between old classmates Sun Chun (Kelly Lai Chen) and Wong Kingwai (Lucilla You Min) leads to a whirlwind romance. However, the real story begins when we meet King-wai’s family, from her widower father (Wang Yin) to the younger brothers (Peter and Paul Dunn) who don’t want daddy to remarry in fear of having a mean stepmother. The two young boys’ fear and King-wai’s obligation to her family lead to a chain of hilarious misunderstandings that will teach us love – not obligations – keeps a family together. Eileen Chang’s script deliberately breaks the “evil stepmother” stereotype, portraying the stepmother played by Wang Lai as a kind, sympathetic woman. This, in turn, also gives the Dunn Brothers plenty of screen time to charm the audience. The night-time scene in which they’re stranded in a graveyard is guaranteed to melt and break your heart.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Peter Dunn
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