An Orphan's Tragedy
Dir: Chu Kea
Scrs: Lau Fong, Chu Kea, Cheng Kang
Cast: Bruce Lee, Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Ng Cho-fan, Cheung Wood-yau
1955 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 114min
Adapted from Dicken’s Great Expectations, this film combines Western humanism with Eastern ethical spirit. Bruce Lee faces hate, love, revenge and gratitude of epic proportions, taking youthful innocence to a whole new level. He dominates the first half of the film—a fearless and hardy young fellow who meets and saves the intimidating fugitive Ng Cho-fan who was hiding in a dilapidated temple. Though terrified of the man, humanitarianism got the better of him and he performs an act of kindness. Bruce’s performance in particularly outstanding in this film, giving an in-depth and lucid portrayal of his character, and his every smile, sigh, wink and frown hitting the right notes. The early part of the film sees superstars Bruce Lee and Josephine Siao Fongfong in a rare joint appearance as child actors.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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