Affectionate Affairs, Part One
Dir/Scr: Ng Wui Orig Story: Ngai Mun
Cast: Pak Yin, Cheung Wood-yau, Ng Cho-fan, Tsi Lo Lin
1960 B&W D Beta Cantonese 109min
Affectionate Affairs starts off as a romantic comedy in which primary school teacher Chong Kit-wan (Pak Yin) is being courted, somehow awkwardly, by university graduate Ching Yeuk-sze (Cheung Wood-yau). After their engagement, Ching leaves for Australia for further studies. Soon war breaks out and Chong’s family, including her mother and younger sister, are killed. The film is superbly acted, subtly directed and magnificently designed (the ruins after the bombings are shockingly recreated) up to this point, but sadly degenerates into a cliché-ridden and implausible melodrama afterwards (which is Part Two). It is even more regrettable for the fact that the credits at the start of the film have been lost in existing source materials and no information can be located to find out who were behind the camera, except director Ng Wui. Nonetheless, the very first hour plus is so good that we have decided to screen it.
Free screening of VHS version due to the unavailability of print. First-come, first-served.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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