Black Market Couple
Dir: Chiang Wai-kwong
Prod: Joseph Sunn Jue Prod.Co: Grandview (U.S. Branch)
Cast: Wong Hok-sing, Leung Bik-yuk,
Liu Kei-wai, Tang Pui
1947 / B/W / D Beta / Cantonese / 80min
As civil war waged on in China after World War II, overseas Chinese truly began to carve out a new life in the United States. This light comedy reflects the people’s departure from heavy longing to an optimistic view of a new era. To secure a vacation for himself, Wong Man-bun (Wong Hok-sing) lies to his boss about a fake wedding and a fake honeymoon. What’s worse is that Manbun asks his good friend Chan Chi-wai (Liu Kei-wai) to let his wife Yuk (Leung Bik-yuk) to play the role of the wife! Grandview troupe actors Wong Hok-sing and Liu Kei-wai show off their comedy chops in this lighthearted farce, playing two very different, but equally silly characters. Setting the film in American hotel rooms, offices and theme parks, director Chiang Wai-kwong shows audiences how a new generation of Chinese has begun to truly adapting to a new American life.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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