Prince Flying Dragon
Dir: Wong Hok-sing
Orig Story/Scr: Lee Siu-wan
Cast: Yam Kim-fai, Yu Lai-zhen, Leung Sing-po, Lam Kar-sing, Yam Bing-yee
1960 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 100min
Director Wong Hok-sing was a regular of the Lux Film Company, and made all their palatial and fantasy films as well as period dramas. A departure from his usual style, this film focuses on melodrama and tries to point a moral. Prince Fei-lung (Yam Kim-fai) has an illegitimate child with the maid Bing-ying (Yu Laizhen). However, he is forced to take Mui Lam (Yam Bing-yee) as his bride. Being infertile, the latter tries to buy a baby. As suggested by the eunuch Fukwo’s (Leung Sing-po), the child is given to Mui Lam, while Bing-ying becomes the nanny, bringing Siu-lung (Lam Kar-sing) up for over sixteen years. The unruly Siu-lung always takes out his anger on Bing-ying. When he catches Bing-ying meeting the prince secretly, he throws her down a well and seals it with a giant boulder. Fei-lung tells his son the truth. As they try to rescue her, the boulder is split by a bolt of lightning, and a mythic eagle grabs Bing-ying from the well to reunite with her family.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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