The Way to Brightness
Dir/Scr: Chiang Tsi-kei
Prod: Joseph Sunn Jue Prod.Co: Grandview (U.S. Branch)
Cast: Wong Chiu-mo, Wong Hok-sing, Leung Bik-yuk,
Chow Kwun-ling, Luk Wan-fei, Cheung Sun-yuet
1946 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 95min
Made after Japan’s surrender in World War II, the film centers on the relationship between Cheung Sang (Wong Chiu-mo) and Chan Cheuk (Wong Hok-sing), two half-brothers who grew up apart without knowing about each other’s existence. The two becomes nemesis as adults when they fall for the same woman. However, the two are able to put away matters of the heart and reconcile as family when they discover that they share the same blood. The melodramatic saga is actually a thinly veiled allegory for the situations of overseas Chinese. Sang serves as the representative of a new generation, fighting against poverty with his head held high to bring about a new civilized society with equality for all. The film also reflects the hope of overseas Chinese who wished to see their homeland revitalised so that the next generation can return and contribute to the development of the nation.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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