Flying Corpse on a Foggy Night
Dir / Scr: Yeung Kuen
Cast: Lam Dan, Leung Tin, Hong Tao
1958-59 / B&W / Cantonese / 96 min
Yeung Kuen, a graduate from the Chinese Film School founded by the renowned director Wang Yuen-lung, wrote and directed Flying Corpse on a Foggy Night, his debut work made with the pooled funds of his course mates. The fact that a print was salvaged from San Francisco demonstrates its worth in overseas markets. And the audience should expect surprises aplenty: a fresh-faced Lam Dan before she was famous; Wang Yuen-lung who had a cameo role in a scene; and the most delightful of all, a smart detective played by one newcomer by the name of Leung Naifai, or Leung Tin as the long-serving veteran is widely known today. The plot is a bank heist gone wrong, which leads to the gang leader (Hong Tao) trying to bury the body of his man who died in crossfire with the police hot on his trail. Lam Dan played the gang leader’s wife, who conspires with him to steal the loot, a plot intercepted by the arriving police. The film makes inspired use of location shoots which include a car chase and a grand funeral procession.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
* Post-screening talk with Leung Tin
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