Father Takes a Bride
Dir: Wong Tin-lam
Scr: Eileen Chang
Prod Co: MP & GI
Cast: Lucilla You Min, Wang Yin, Kelly Lai Chen, Wang Lai, Peter Dunn, Paul Dunn
1963 / Colour / D Beta / Mandarin / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 115min
Penned by author Eileen Chang, Father Takes a Bride starts off innocently as a sweet romance between old classmates Sun Chuan (Kelly Lai Chan) and Wang Ching-hui (Lucilla You Min). However, Ching-hui hesitates leaving her widower father (Wang Yin) and two younger brothers behind to marry Sun, knowing that her father already has his own plans to marry his colleague (Wang Lai). To make things even more complicated, the three Wang children are so afraid of inviting an evil stepmother into their home that they triggered off different plans that further induce misunderstandings. Father Takes a Bride depicts a caring and mutually reliant relationship between a widower father and his filial daughter, as well as the misunderstandings that can stem from it. Chang also intentionally avoids the “evil stepmother” cliché often used in other family melodramas by humanizing the potential stepmother character in the story.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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