A successful singer is forced to retire and marry a man she despises. She takes in a pupil to teach and falls in love with him, but - of course - takes no action on her feelings... even ... See full summary »
A Sun Ma Si-tsang comedy with the usual masquerades and hijinks from the master. The film contains locations of the Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park in the 50's (now defunct), precious footage ... See full summary »
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A woman struggles to bring up three children after the death of her husband. Her eldest son, on whom she has placed great hope, shames her with his dishonesty. Her daughter, the middle ... See full summary »
"Gu Xing Xue Lei" is odd because there also is an IMDb page for "Bruce Lee: An Orphan's Tragedy"--even thought it's the same movie. I have no idea why this is the case.
This film is a Chinese version of Dickens' famous story "Great Expectations" and if you've read the story, then it's pretty obvious that it inspired the film.
The movie begins with a young boy being adopted by a nice peasant. In the next scene, the boy has grown and appears about 12. When a prisoner escapes and is being sought by the police, the boy, Frank (Lee Jun Fan--known later as Bruce Lee), helps the escapee. This convict eventually realizes that the boy is his son but he doesn't tell him. Later, the guy gets a job in another city and secretly saves up to send the boy to college so that he can become a doctor-- just like he was. It turns out that the convict was set up by the evil rich guy, Mr. Toh. Oddly, however, Frank comes to believe that Toh is his benefactor-- and Toh and his wicked daughter plan on taking advantage of that.
The film is a reasonably interesting slant on the Dickens story set in contemporary China. The acting is good and the story well worth seeing--especially so you can see the young Bruce Lee. The only negative is that the film is a bit overly moralistic in places and even features a song that is meant to indoctrinate the audience in the proper virtues!
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