Dir/Scr: Chor Yuen
Set Design: Chan King-sam
Cast: Nam Hung, Woo Fung, Connie Chan Po-chu,
Wong Man-lei, Mak Kay
1964 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 106 min
The genre of Romance has always been the forte of Chor Yuen. Everlasting Love would easily make one recall Autumn Comes to Crape Myrtle Garden (1958), an early script he wrote for his mentor Chun Kim. Both films involve a rich family ruled by a domineering patriarch for whom the feudal order, no matter how putrefying, must be defended. In both cases, the order is almost totally shaken upon the arrival of a young, cheerful and liberal woman who works for the family as an assistant. In Everlasting Love , this role is played by Nam Hung. She starts working for the traditional family as a housekeeper after graduation and with her sharp wit and capability, earns the nickname of “Miss Utility,” as well as breathing life into almost all members of the family, from the aging Madame to the youngest daughter. She soon falls in love with the third son, but is forbidden by the Master of the house to continue the affair due to her background as an orphan and being a “servant” to the family. Chan King-sam’s set of the grand estate is decorated with all kinds of furniture, a superb collage of the old and new, with influences from east to west.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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