A Pretended Ghost
Dir: Chu Kea Scr: Lee Siu-wan
Co-starring: Yam Kim-fai, Wong Hok-sing,Poon Yat On
1961 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 91min
Yu Lai-zhen’s image as the headless woman in The Headless Empress Bears a Son (1957), Magic Head of the Princess (1960) and Riot in the Palace (1961) made her a screen icon with audiences at the time. Yu once again plays the headless woman in this supernatural drama, wife of a businessman (Yam Kim-fai), who is brutally murdered after the son of a local government official (Wong Hok-sing) fails in an attempt to rape her. After her death, the ghost of the murdered woman returns to haunt the town every night, eventually scaring the murderer into confessing his crimes. In addition to Yu’s haunting performance, the film also utilizes groundbreaking special effects (at least considered so at the time) to create the terrifying image of Yu’s severed head.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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