1960 / B&W / 35mm / Mandarin / 134min
Grace Chang here is at her best as she shuns her wholesome, well-established screen persona, going literally wild to play a sultry temptress with yet a heart of gold. What started off as a flirtatious affair between the singer nicknamed Wild Rose and the piano lizard has turned into serious romance, and the man takes a downward spiral into alcoholism, imprisonment, and finally a murderous consequence. Director Wong Tin-lam's vivid mise-en-scène, the tight script and memorable characters penned by Nellie Chin Yu, the evocative music by Yao Min and Hattori Ryoichi, together with the crack cast result in a musical noir which bears witness to a great movie studio in its prime. The Wild, Wild Rose is unmistakably one of the best films in the history of Hong Kong Cinema.
|21/2/2016 (Sun)||7:30 pm||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive|
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