Qi xian nu (I) (1963)

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Credited cast:
Li-Chu Chang ...
Second Sister
Li-Li Chen ...
Sixth Sister
Ying Fang ...
Seventh Sister
Li Jen Ho ...
Julia Hsia ...
First Sister (as Hsia Yi-chiu)
Jin Huang ...
Earth God
Shirley Huang ...
Fourth Sister
Shia Jung
Ivy Ling Po ...
Tong Yong (as Ling Po)
Yin Tze Pan ...
Third Sister (as Pan Yin-tse)
Ting Tsin ...
(singing voice)
Chun Yen ...
Ching Yip ...
Fifth Sister (as Yeh Ching)
Kuang-Chao Yu ...
Squire Fu


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Fantasy | Musical





Release Date:

11 December 1963 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

A Maid from Heaven  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Beautiful fantasy
26 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the beautiful huangmei musical films made by Shaw's in the 60's before Chang Cheh transformed Shaw Brothers with his macho heroic bloodshed films. This is not the best and is rated low by many critics for its static sets (I counted five) and lack of Li Han-Hsiang. But Ivy Ling Po (playing a man) and Fang Yin playing a Chinese fairy who wants to come to earth put real emotion into their roles and personally I loved the brocade making sequence where Fang's fairy sisters help her perform an impossible task (very reminiscent of some western fairy tales). The costumes are sumptuous, the songs lovely and Celestial have produced a good print. Pity the extra explaining the background was in Cantonese with no sub titles as these are clearly close to opera style. Apparently the male Opera players of the time thought film a lesser medium and left it to the women to act in them. This is really a theatrical production recorded on film. Anyone interested in Chinese culture and mythology would enjoy this. Note as is typical of Chinese films it has to western eyes a sad ending.

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