Dir: Wong Tin-lam Scr: Lo Yu-kei
Orig Story: Li Ngaw
Cast: Ma Siu-ying, Christine Pai Lu-ming,
Law Kim-long, Lee Hong-kum
1960 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 114min
It is for such brilliant turn as a superstitious paranoidand domineering mother-in-law in Second Spring that Ma Siu-ying was hailed as the epitome of the shrew. Chuk Chuisum (Christine Pai Lu-ming) is forced by her sister-in-law into an arranged marriage with a sickly man, brother of her lover Sing Sai-kit (Law Kim-long) . When the husband dies, the mother-in-law does everything possible to sabotage the romance. It would take Chuk’s failed suicide attempt and an unwitting and distraught Sing to cause the mother-in-law to have a change of heart. Ma’s remarkable command of extreme emotions, embodying a queen of hysterical in one scene and a Madonna of humility in another, her fingers moving along prayer beads with words of both praise and curse rolling off her tongue, is in a league all her own.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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