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Xi xiang ji (1927)

A famous Chinese story about a young couple who consummate their marriage without the approval of their parents.

Directors:

Minwei Li, Hou Yao

Writers:

Shipu Wang (play), Hou Yao (adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cijiang Ge Cijiang Ge
Chichang Hu Chichang Hu
Cho-cho Lam Cho-cho Lam
Dandan Li Dandan Li
Yaoting Zhu Yaoting Zhu
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A famous Chinese story about a young couple who consummate their marriage without the approval of their parents.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

8 September 1927 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance of the Western Chamber See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Minxin Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally 10 reels (e.g. 90-plus minutes) in length. Five reels (49 minutes) have survived. See more »

Connections

Version of Saisoki (1920) See more »

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Interesting silent adaptation of a classic Chinese literature
19 July 2009 | by Rufus-TSee all my reviews

This early Chinese silent was based on a classic Chinese literature. What I understand is those Chinese classic novels are usually extremely long, so I was curious about if the running time of approximately 45 minutes will encompass the whole story. After seeing it and did some reading on the web, I realized that the movie did amazingly told a bare bone of the entire story.

The setup was about a scholar, in ancient China, on his way to the Imperial city to take his exam and took a stop at a temple. There he found a beautiful girl also visiting and staying there with her mother and her maid. Of course, he and the girl felt in love. However, there was a gang leader who also wanted the girl. So the story was if the scholar was able to get the girl and how.

The story seemed simple, but I thought the presentation was effective. The acting was very theatrical which was necessary for the silence. The only problem was the battle scene was just flashing and swiping of blade among of groups people in fast motion, which was nothing epic about that. I guess it was okay since this wasn't an action film. Overall, the movie was a worthy primer to this classic literature.


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