Dir/Scr: Doe Ching
Set Design: Chan Ki-yui Art Direction: Mo Lanshi
Cast: Linda Lin Dai, Peter Chen Ho,
Fanny Fan, Mak Kay
1961 / Colour / D Beta / Mandarin /
Chi & Eng subtitles / 114 min
Musicals were never a traditional genre in Hong Kong Cinema but in the 1960s,
a slew of musicals was produced by both Cathay and Shaw Brothers along the
Hollywood model. Cutie-pie Linda Lin Dai and handsome Peter Chen Ho, coined as Hong Kong’s Ginger & Fred, here play an odd couple. Both work in Chen's Musical Troupe but are at odds with each other ever since the first day Lin joined the troupe. Lin, writing under a pseudonym, responds to the personal ad which Chen has placed anonymously and slowly falls for the man she finds the most loathsome until one day both have to shed their masks…… Doe Ching has had a number of successes in the genre when this was handed to him by Shaw Brothers. Keeping the narrative to a minimal, he concentrates his resources almost entirely on the musical numbers, a combination of all styles from east to west. Chan Ki-yui’s impressionistic design follows as such and makes the film a pastiche of visual pleasures, pastel in tone and delicate in texture.
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