The Spendthrift Son Reduced to Be a Spirit Medium
Dir: Chan Pei
Scr: Tse Hung
Cast: Sun Ma Si-tsang, Tang Bik-wan, Tang Kei-chen, Ching Lai
1959 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 98min
Deadbeat son Wong Tin-chi is an expert at all the vices. Even when his parents manage to find him a good wife, Tin-chi runs away to live the life of a wanderer. When his family fortune dries up, Tin-chi is forced to pretend to be a blind fortuneteller to make a living – until his wife reappears in his life. Songwriter Law Bo-sang cleverly infuses references to classic characters such as the infamous Third Master Sha into his songs to give audiences a frame of reference. In addition to Chan’s expert grasp of comic timing as director, this musical also features a flawless performance by Sun Ma Si-tsang (who also played Third Master Sha in Chan’s Musical Third Master Sha) and the sweet Tang Bikwan as Tin-chi’s long-suffering wife. The two stars’ playful lead performances are a major highlight of the film.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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