Ungratefulness (aka Remorse)
Dir: Chor Yuen
Scr: Wu Mei-ping
Prod Co: Kong Ngee
Cast: Patsy Kar Ling, Patrick Tse Yin, Cheung Wood-yau, Man Oi-lan
1965 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng subtitles / 106 min
Dai-ming (Patrick Tse Yin) and Tsui-hong (Patsy Kar Ling) elope to Hong Kong, but Dai-ming soon falls ill. On his death bed, he begs Tsuihong to pay for his younger brother Chi-ming’s studies in Australia. Years later, Chi-ming (also played by Tse) returns to Hong Kong and falls for Tsui-hong - now a well-known courtesan - not knowing that she was his late brother’s girlfriend. The most impressive thing about Chor’s 1965 melodrama is Wu Mei-ping’s strong-willed, multi-layered heroine whose feelings for Chi-ming isn’t driven by simple love, but rather a sense of maternal love and physical desire. The film’s depiction of how a woman deals with love and desire was considered a genre breakthrough in the world of Cantonese Cinema.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Eric Tsang
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