A Son is Born
Dir/ Scr: Chun Kim
Cast: Bruce Lee, Pak Yin, Cheung Wood-yau, Ng Cho-fan, Cheung Ying
1953 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 112min
Like most of his other films produced by the Union Film Enterprise, Bruce Lee plays a good kid. But his role here is particularly important, being one that has undergone numerous shifts in surroundings, which lead to changes in mentality, yet Bruce sails through it all with admirable skill. In the story, Bruce plays the protagonist who is abandoned as a child. Having witnessed the death of his wet nurse and betrayed by his step-father, he loses faith in people, eventually taking shelter on the street and stealing for a living. He doesn’t trust anyone, not even good people. Bruce’s interpretation of his character is convincing— sad and stoic, but not excessively tragic. He is reserved towards matters around him, but there’s a vitality in his seeming passivity. And when nice things happen, he beams with genuine joy. Bruce has succeeded in obliterating all traces of his natural affinity for play and mischief, and demonstrated that he’s equally adept at portraying the drama of the interior.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Joyce Yang
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