The Flaming Mountain (aka The Blazing Volcano)
Dir: Mok Hong-si
Scr: Tu Guangqi
Cast: Tsui Siu-ming, Kim Hee-gab, Ting Ying
1962 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / 89min
Among all of Hong Kong’s child stars, Tsui Siu-ming was certainly one of the best. A co-production between Lan Kwong Film and South Korea’s Hanyang Film Company, this fantasy epic based on The Journey to the West was Hong Kong’s first widescreen film shot in color. In this chapter of the saga, monk Tang Sanzang and his disciples are captured by Red Boy (Tsui Siu-ming), the son of Monkey King's sworn brother the Bull King. At just nine years old, Siu-ming doesn’t have to play at being an adult to get on the audiences’ good side. Instead, the young star is at once terrifying and lovable as the young villain, using his adorable side to lure his prey before fluidly transforming into the monster he is.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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