Love in the Red Chamber
Dir: Wong Hok-sing Scr: Tong Tik-sang
Orig Story: Tong Tik-sang
Cast: Connie Chan Po-chu, Nam Hung, Leung Sing-po,
So Siu-tong, Mui Kwai Nui
1968 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / 121min
The Cantonese opera on which this film is based was a centerpiece in the repertoire of the Sin Fung Ming Opera Troupe, and was an adaptation of the Ming Dynasty tale The Story of Red Plum Blossom . When scholar Pui Yu (Connie Chan Po-chu) visits the West Lake, he runs into Lee Wai-neung (Nam Hung), who instantly falls for this handsome scholar, but is killed by his jealous husband Chi-to in a fit of anger. Wai-neung’s spirit follows and protects the scholar and one day reincarnates in another lady’s body to meet up with Pui Yu. In this tragic ghostly romances of feudal times, this type of "happy ending" was typically colored by traditional morality, whereby evil was punished and virtue rewarded. In her two roles Nam Hung provides a charming contrast, while Chan cross-dresses to portray a madly passionate but ultimately weak scholar. A posthumous work by famous librettist Tong Tik-sang, the film's dialogues and lyrics are beautiful and refined.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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