Dir: Zhang Shichuan
Scr: Zheng Zhengqiu
Pho: Zhang Weitao
Cast: Zheng Zhegu, Yu Ying, Zheng Zhengqiu
1922 / B&W / DCP / Silent / Chi & Eng Intertitles / 22min
Live music accompaniment: Kung Chi-shing and Shane Aspegren
The earliest completed Chinese film that still exists today, this 22-minute short is a simple love story between a carpenterturned- fruit vendor and the doctor's daughter who lives across the street. To get the approval of the girl's father, the fruit vendor has to help the doctor's clinic thrive again. Bringing together director Zhang Shichuan's taste for comedy and writer Zheng Zhengqiu's talent for drama, the film is a light comedy with a relevant social message. Despite being made in the early days of cinema, Zhang displays mature skills in pacing and shot composition. Zheng Zhegu gives a playful, likable star performance as the carpenter, and screenwriter Zheng is also amusingly over-the-top in his role as the doctor. Featuring the digitally restored version.
Screening Courtesy of the China Film Archive
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Double bill with Red Heroine
Post-screening talk with May Ng
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