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An American businessman travels to Hong Kong to find out why his tea plantation isn't making money. When he gets there he discovers that his business partner has been growing something on the plantation, but it isn't tea. Complications ensue. Written by
May Wynn, who plays Chu Lan, wasn't originally hired for the role. She was married to Jack Kelly, who plays Steve in the film, and accompanied him to Hong Kong, where this film was shot. The producers discovered that the Hong Kong actress who had been originally hired to play Chu Lan could barely speak English and as a result couldn't handle the English dialogue, so they asked Wynn to replace her. See more »
Am I really the first to review a movie made in 1958? Well, here's the disclaimer: I live in Hong Kong, so my impression of the film is coloured strongly by that. I've been trying to find a copy of this for more than ten years. Finally it appeared. Well worth the wait for one special reason: as opening credits state, it was filmed entirely here. Not bad at all for Hollywood in that era, and therefore impossible not to compare with its closest peer by age, "The World of Suzie Wong".
"Hong Kong Affair" (sometimes known as "Hong Kong Incident") is a silly little film based on a business partnership gone bad, and the consequences of that. What else sets this film apart are the frequent uses of exterior location shots in rural areas, mostly Fanling in the northern New Territories. The acting -- meh -- and it's no spoiler to smile at the ease with which the hero seems to fall for every local lady he meets. If you ever saw Suzie Wong, you might remember when Lomax (William Holden) first saw Suzie on the Star Ferry. HK Affair has an almost identical scene, on the street. The movie makers need to find ways to get the hero's social life in order quickly, I guess.
In any event, this one races to a suitable conclusion and if you are lucky enough ever to see this film, you'll have a good feel for what Hong Kong was like in the late 50s.
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