Blood will Tell
Dir: Griffin Yueh Feng
Scr: Doe Ching
Prod Co.: Great Wall
Cast: Yan Jun, Bai Guang, Chen Chuanchuan, Han Fei, Gao Zhanfei
1949 / B&W / D Beta / Mandarin / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 90min
Ma the flying bandit (Yan Jun) calls it quits after his daughter is born. His wife (Bai Guang), a one-time prostitute, can’t stand poverty and rats on him before resuming her profession. Years later, when the daughter is set to get married, the unabashed mother blackmails her own flesh and blood, so Ma has to escape from prison to thwart her. Yue Feng forwent social critique to focus on the drama itself, creating for the Chinese audience an intense tale of love and hate reminiscent of American film noir. Screen goddess Bai Guang’s portrayal of a thoroughly bad woman, a rarity in Chinese cinema, becomes a persona that lives forever.
Screening Courtesy of the Taipei Film Archive
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
* Post-screening talk with Lau Yam
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