As Time Goes By
Dir/ Scr: Wong Cheuk-hon
Cast: Tsui Siu-ming, Ting Ying, Shek Sau, Ng Kar-lai
1964 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 101min
The opening monologue from Ting Ying sets the tone for the reflection on a tragic life of hardship and desperation about to end in suicide. Graced with an ethereal air, Ting inhabits Chan Yuk-yin whose life is devastated by the loss of a father, shattered by the mother’s remarriage but saved, albeit temporarily, by the romance with a childhood sweetheart. As her character is chronicled from childhood into adulthood, it calls for the talents of a child star trio: Ng Kar-lai leaves an indelible impression with her teary, sorrow-filled eyes as the young Yuk-ying; Shek Sau plays the childhood playmate, while the sought-after prodigy Tsui Siu-ming shines as Chan’s young son. Tsui made an immediate impression as a brutish little bully despite his late appearance in the film. His minute body movements, facial expressions and outrageous bullying antics orchestrating and choreographing the transition of years between scenes.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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