The Pangs of Love
Dirs: Chen Shi, Dan Duyu Scr: Bian Xun
Orig Story: Wu Cun
Set Design: Chan Ki-yui
Art Direction: Leung Kwan-hin, Wang Jiping
Cast: Kung Chiu-hsia, Lu Yukun, Chen Chuan-chuan
1947 / B&W / D Beta / Mandarin / 104 min
After WWII, a large number of Shanghai filmmakers who had worked with the Japanese during occupation moved to Hong Kong for fear of being prosecuted by the Nationalist Government as traitors. They set up the Great China Film Company and continued to make films decidedly Shanghai in style and contents, with shoestring budgets and other constraints. The Pangs of Love is such a film. It’s unusual, therefore, for Chan Ki-yui, a local Cantonese, to join the production. (Dan Duyu, one of the two directors credited, for example, was both an artist and a veteran director in Shanghai.) Considering all of these limitations, Chan nonetheless was able to convey a Shanghai flavour in the film by the use of patterns on the walls and windows of the set. The story begins with the suicide of a young stage director who, having been saved, starts to recall the complicated affair he had with the lead actress.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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