Dir: Yu Ho (aka Chan Wan)
Scr: Ngai Man (sobriquet of Chan Wan & wife Ngai Siu-chee)
Cast: Connie Chan Po-chu, Josephine Siao,
Woo Fung, Nancy Sit Kar-yin
1966 / Colour / 35mm / Cantonese / 91min /
Chi and Eng Subtitles
The only film of contemporary setting starring both Connie Chan Po-chu and Josephine Siao, unequivocally the most popular teen idols in the history of Cantonese cinema. Colourful Youth was a huge hit, so popular it was re-released in 1967 and 1969, both times with phenomenal boxoffice. Shot in Eastmancolor, the film is a prime example of the Cantonese cinema's concerted efforts in the mid-1960s to enhance youth appeal. Choreographed song-and-dance numbers punctuate the story, performed by beautiful young men and women in the trendiest of fashion. Yet the story remains truthful to traditional Chinese values, affirming Confucian virtues while celebrating a modern, Western lifestyle.
Restoration of Colourful Youth, though not as extensive as with the Hong Kong Film Archive's last major restoration work Confucius (1940), involves digital improvement of image and audio quality, including colour adjustment and sound clarity. Initial damage repair was performed by our staff and the final phase was completed at the L'Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory in Italy.
||Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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