The Horrible Night
Dir: Tu Guangqi
Scrs: Geng Jin (alias Tu Guangqi), Chen Dieyi
Prod: Tong Yuejuan Prod Co.: Hsin Hwa
Cast: Chin Feng, Lan Di, Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Yang Chun, Zhang Yihong,
1963 (Taiwan) / B&W / D Beta / Mandarin / 86min
Phantom of the Opera moves from an opera house to a mental institution in this creepy drama by director Tu Guangqi. The newly arrived Dr. Wu (Chin Feng) can sense something wrong with his new workplace: the late institution head’s daughter Zhen (Lan Di) always appears to be hiding something, and the disappearance of a young patient (Josephine Siao) has everyone in the village talking of a supernatural spirit that haunts the hospital. Though this variation of the story doesn’t involve a disfigured opera singer, the “phantom” of the story nonetheless comes with a traumatic back story that gives this eerie film its emotional impact.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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