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The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 1961 (Austria)
Robert Lomax, tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he moves to Hong Kong to try his hand at painting. Finding a cheap hotel, he checks in, only to find it's used by ... See full summary »

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Jacqueline Chan ...
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Yvonne Shima ...
Minnie Ho
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Ah Tong
Lier Hwang ...
Wednesday Lu
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Otis
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Mrs. Marlowe
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Robert Lomax, tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he moves to Hong Kong to try his hand at painting. Finding a cheap hotel, he checks in, only to find it's used by prostitutes and their "dates" they meet in the bar downstairs. Since he never picks up any of the ladies, they all want to know more about him. Eventually, he does hire one to model for him... and soon falls in love. However, since he's on a limited budget, he can't afford her exclusively, but doesn't want to "share" her with anyone else. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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You are the first man I ever loved... and the world has only just begun... See more »

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Drama | Romance

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1961 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Die Welt der Suzie Wong  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scenes as the Kowloon Ferry heads toward Hong Kong, navy ship St. Clair County (LST-1096)can be seen anchored in the harbor. See more »

Goofs

When Robert Lomax (Holden) begins to strip the European clothes off Suzy Wong (Kwan), her hair is piled smartly up under her cap and can be seen to remain that way. However, when Lomax goes to pull the cap off her head, Suzy's long tresses are fully down and covering her back. See more »

Quotes

Robert Lomax: If I were a prizefighter, and I kept getting my brains knocked out, I'd be foolish if I didn't quit.
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Connections

Referenced in The Year My Voice Broke (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The World of Suzie Wong
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
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User Reviews

 
"I Can't pay you much, but I'd like you to pose for me."

The setting is Hong Kong in the late fifties…

The film tells the story of a bittersweet love affair between an American architect who has decided to try painting and a wonderful Asian girl who uses with vigor and diligence her essentially dirty trade in a turmoil of mischievous fantasy…

Suzie Wong (Nancy Kwan), attracted to Robert Lomax (Holden), offers to be his "steady girlfriend," but a world-weary Lomax informs her that he has had enough of love and wants only to paint…

Paint he does, and the irresistible hooker, appointed as a model, appears in his work in a variety of poses… A compassionate Lomax suddenly realizes he loves her and takes her as his mistress…

There are comic moments in Richard Quine's movie concerning the lies Suzie relates to win the respect of her prostitute friends and her drunken admirer, Ben (Michael Wilding).

Nancy Kwan in her film's debut displays a large range of feelings, alternating hardness, affection, and affinity…


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