Story of Father and Son
Dir: Ng Wui
Scr: Cheng Kang
Cast: Yuen Siu-fai, Cheung Wood-yau, Yung Siu-yi, Wong Man-lei, Wong Cho-shan
1954 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 114min
After seeing a friend of his boss’ son taking over his promised promotion with connections, Shrimp’s father (Cheung Wood-yau) vows to give Shrimp (Yuen Siu-fai) a place in a prestigious school and a chance to make friends with the rich. Despite being made almost 60 years ago, this poignant father-son comedy is certainly timely as ever, showing Hong Kong’s parents’ willingness to carve out a good future for their children by any means necessary. At just eight years old, Yuen Siu-fai gives a dazzling lead performance as the naive young boy. Shrimp’s naiveté makes for a good contrast against his father’s stubborn obsession to instill his son with manners and proper behaviour. Director Ng Wui is an efficient storyteller, keeping this contemporary tragicomedy moving at a light, brisk pace. Ng even briefly takes the audience behind the screen by showing Shrimp selling flowers in a busy Union Film studio!
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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