A Half Bed Space
Dir: Wong Hok-sing
Scrs: Lee Siu-wan, Leung Shan-yan
Co-starring: Lam Kar-sing, Ha Ping, Lee Bo-ying, Tang Kei-chen
1964 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 108 min
Yu Lai-zhen and her Lai Si Films bring the spirit of “One for all, all for one” from the 1953 drama In the Face of Demolition to this 1964 update. Like its predecessor, Wong Hok-sing’s socially conscious comedy depicts the lives of people from all walks of life living together in a cramped flat. The film emphasises the spirit of camaraderie between its residents, which includes singers, fortune tellers and small-time vendors. Together, they celebrate the good times and help each other get through the tough times, especially when their greedy landlord (Tang Kei-chen) pesters them for rent. As the protagonist, Yu Lai-zhen’s character in the film says it best in her laidback spirit: “We all share the same space, so we have to help each other out!” The characters may not have money, but they are rich in neighborly love.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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