Jan - Feb 2014:
Yu Lai-zhen, Queen of the Art of Dan
The Skeleton Tower Under the Sea, Part One
The Skeleton Tower Under the Sea, Part Two
The Battle Between the 7 Phoenixes and the Dragon
A Half Bed Space
The Broom Spirit
Riot in the Imperial Palace
The Maid Who Expedition to Lonquer the West
A Pretended Ghost
This Morning Matinee series is guest-curated by Winnie Chan
Oct - Dec 2013:
50th Anniversary to Hong Kong Cantonese Cinema's TEN BROTHERS
The “Ten Brothers” refer to a group of ten Cantonese film directors who became sworn brothers. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of their liaison. In order of their age, the “Ten Brothers” were Wong Toi, Mok Hong-si, Lung To, Wu Pang, Fung Chi-kong, Lee Tit, Ng Wui, Wong Hok-sing, Lo Yu-kei and Chu Kea respectively. These ten famous, outstanding and prolific Hong Kong directors made some 1500 movies, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Chaozhou and Amoy films, many of which are classic works, thus making vast contributions to the film industry.
At a banquet in 1963, one of the directors was playing a drinking game with members of the “Nine Sisters”, nine actresses who were sworn sisters. Beaten by the nine of them, he jokingly said that he would form “Ten Brothers” with other directors. The pact-making ceremony took place at Sun Sun Restaurant on June 1, setting a trend for filmmakers to become sworn brothers and sisters. Over the years, they met on the ninth day of every month. Together, they founded The Ten Brothers Motion Picture Enterprise Co. and made The Beautiful Heaven as its commemorative work.
The ten directors demonstrated different strengths and styles, and were extremely prolific. It is not easy to select works from their vast output. This selection focuses mainly on period films starring famous opera and movie stars as a warm-up screening. We hope there will be another chance in future for a more in-depth study. With this programme, we remember and pay tribute to the ten directors and their lifetime contributions and endeavours in the film industry.
Born in Zhongshan, Guangdong. He joined the United Photoplay Actor Training School in 1928, and eventually became a film director in 1933. He had made over 90 films throughout his career and was known for directing My Love Comes Too Late (1947), the first film made after Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
Born in Tengxian, Guangxi, and was known as the “Master of Comedy”. Having graduated from the University of Shanghai and being an important screenwriter, he was regarded as the scholarly director of his time. He started to direct films from 1939, and had made over 160 films throughout his career.
Born in a Cantonese opera family from Panyu, Guangdong. He had made over 110 films since 1939, and was known for bringing in various special effects and camera tricks into his films. His daughter Lam Yim was an actress in the 1960s.
Born in Shunde, Guangdong. He started working in films in 1931 and had directed over 200 films since 1938. He started the popular Wong Fei-hung series, and was quite rightly known as the “Father of Kung Fu Movies”. He made his last film The Luckiest Trio (1980) at the grand age of 70.
Born in Panyu, Guangdong, and studied at the Guangzhou School of Politics and Journalism. As a versatile director, he was capable of writing scripts and composing Cantonese operas. He started writing screenplay in 1930 and became a director in 1937. He had directed over 190 films and founded a number of film companies throughout his career
Born in Zhongshan, Guangdong. He started his career as an actor after graduating from the United Photoplay Actor Training School in 1930, and became a director in 1936. He had made over 80 films, many of them became timeless classics. He is also a shareholder of The Union Film Co., and was best known for his works of neo-realism and family dramas.
Born in Xinhui, Guangdong and studied at the Guangdong Drama Research Institute. He joined Grandview Film Co. as an actor in 1937, and started to direct films in 1939. He later became a shareholder of The Union Film Co.
His innovative filming method was well recognised in over 210 titles he made throughout his career. He became a
television producer, writer and continued to act in his late years.
Born in Huaxian, Guangdong, and was amongst the first group of graduates from the Guangdong Professional
Union for Cantonese Opera Performers. He first performed in Cantonese opera under the stage name Wong Kam-yan, and became an actor and director at Grandview’s American branch in 1940. With his background in Cantonese opera, he excelled at making opera films, and often did voice over for many of them.
Born in Shunde, Guangdong, and was graduated from Wah Yan College. He started out as a screenwriter in 1951, penning over 150 screenplays. He became a director in 1960 and had made over 30 films throughout his career.
He broadened his career to become a television actor in his late years.
Born in Shunde, Guangdong. He joined Unique Film Co. at the age of 13 as an apprentice. He had directed over 250 films since 1941, and was one of the most prolific directors and shareholders of The Union Film. Apart from his wellknown musicals, he also directed many outstanding family dramas.
The Morning Matinee series is guest-curated by film researcher Yuen Tsz-ying
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