Dir: Moon Kwan (aka Kwan Man-ching)
Org Story: Au-yeung Tin
Scr: Chiu Wai
Co-starring: Ng Cho-fan, Wong Man-lei, Yung Siu-yi, Yee Chau-shui
1951 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 110min
Hung (Hung Sin Nui) is sold off by her brother as a concubine to a businessman. While carrying her husband’s child, Hung is bullied by the first wife, forcing her to flee. After giving up her newborn child, Hung lives out the rest of her life as a nanny in a rich family. In the course of a single film, Hung has to embody three personas: a shy young girl, a bullied concubine and a humble servant. But Hung maneuvers through all three of them at ease to create a sincere performance. In one scene, we see Hung the servant standing like a mournful sculpture, carrying her master’s baby while tearfully longing for the child she left behind. That image alone can move any viewer to tears.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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