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Yi jian mei (1931)

Bai Le De and Hu Lun tung are military cadets. After graduating, Hu Lin Tung is appointed captain of Guangdong headquarters and goes away. Later, Bae Le De is also appointed to a post at ... See full summary »

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Lingyu Ruan ...
Hu Zhuli / Julia (as Lily Yuan)
Cho-cho Lam ...
Shi Luohua / Silivia (as Lim Chocho)
Cilong Wang ...
Bai Lede / Proteus (as Wang Tse-lung)
Yan Jin ...
Hu Luting / Valentine (as Raymond King)
Zhanfei Gao ...
Liao Di'ao / Tiburio (as Kao Chien Fei)
Yanyan Chen ...
A Qiao / Lucetta (as Chen Yen Yen)
Jiqun Liu ...
Fatty Liu (as Liu Chi-chuen)
Guilin Wang ...
General Shi (as Wang Kwei-ling)
Juefei Shi ...
Li Yi, bandit chieftain (as Sze Ko Fei)
Lili Zhou ...
Female guard (as Lily Chow)
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Bai Le De and Hu Lun tung are military cadets. After graduating, Hu Lin Tung is appointed captain of Guangdong headquarters and goes away. Later, Bae Le De is also appointed to a post at the same place. Hu Lun Ting falls in love with Luo Hua, daughter of the local commander. Written by Bryan

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30 May 2010 (USA)  »

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A Spray of Plum Blossoms  »

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One of the few existing Chinese silents to have English inter-titles in its original release, the characters have different names in the Chinese and English cast listings and inter-titles. See more »

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Version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1952) See more »

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Before corruption lost its innocence.
13 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a ride! Multiple betrayals. Chases on horseback. Scenes out of Schiller. Bad guys identified with mustaches. Good guys with beards or clean shaven. Heroic women. Dastardly villains. Silly villains. Even a disgruntled sidekick for comic effect. A rare chance to see Ruan Ling-yu, whose short life and cruel death gave Stanley Kwan his film, Center Stage.

We see lovers and friends betraying and betrayed, a society whose corruption has a Felix-The-Cat simplicity, a bureaucracy flawed by nepotism and cruel whim. It is China in 1931 as interpreted by a Hollywood-influenced Chinese film industry. If we look between the frames we can see a piece of the future as one would wish it to be, with goodness sleeping somewhere in every human heart.

But we cannot help but know better. It is before Manchukuo, before the civil war, before Nanking, before the Great Leap Forward, before The Cultural Revolution.

The film is mostly just escapist fun, but the context, and we can sense the context, and the future, from Ruan Ling-yu's suicide to China's half-century of unimaginable suffering, make this moment of fun worthy of reverence.


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