The Sorrowful Lute
Dir: Tso Kea
Scr: Tso kea, Chan Wan
Prod Co: MP&GI
Cast: Fong Yim-fun, Ng Cho-fan, Wong Chin-sui, Ng Tung
1957 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 123min
A backstage musical offering a compelling portrait of love and career, fame and power. Based on the Hollywood film Love Me or Leave Me (1955), the film stars Cantonese opera star Fong Yim-fun and the great actor Ng Cho-fan, the latter doubling as producer. Fong plays an opera aficionado who aspires to stardom and, in a fashion atypical of Cantonese cinema, strikes a Faustian bargain to realize her dream. She exploits a mob boss’s fascination with her, playing him like a sap, only to find herself unable to escape his domineering and obsessive control… The Sorrowful Lute not only features a grippingly expansive performance by Ng and a touchingly calibrated turn by Fong but also an interesting look into the rooftop entertainment scene of Guangdong.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
* Post-screening talk with David Chan
Due to schedule changes, Ms. Angela Law is unable to attend the post-screening talk at the Hong Kong Film Archive on 7 July 2012. Mr. David Chan will take her place. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
# Post-screening talk with Yuen Siu-fai
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