The decline of a large, bourgeois family shortly after the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty. Mr. Gao's three sons by his first wife are all oppressed by the feudal ethical code of the time. ... See full summary »

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Ying Cheung ... Ko Kok-wai
Wood-Yau Cheung ... Ko Kok-man
Cho-Fan Ng ... Ko Kok-sun
Yee Mui ... Yuen-yi
Yin-Fei Siu ... Chin Mui-fong (as Yinfei Siu)
Siuyi Yung ... Kam
Lap Ban Chan ... Matchmaker
Chi-Sing Chow ... Ko Hak-ding
Bik-Kin Ho ... Wong Chuen-yan
Mui Mui Lam ... Chan
Yuet Ching Lee ... Chow
Mung Ling ... Yuen Shing (as Mon Ling)
Dun Lo ... Mr. Ko
... Ko Hak-ming
Sam-Ku To ... Wong Ma (as Sangu Tao)
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The decline of a large, bourgeois family shortly after the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty. Mr. Gao's three sons by his first wife are all oppressed by the feudal ethical code of the time. eldest son Gao Junxin is an extremely weak man. Not daring to show displeasure or speak out, he gives in to his family's demands and agrees to marry Li Ruiyu, although he really loves a girl called Miss Mei. Ruiyu later dies as a result of the oppressive code. The family declines further. When progressive ideas begin to sweep China, Juexin finally begins to wake up. Second son Gao Juemin falls in love with a Miss Qing, but determines to follow his heart and marry who he chooses. He rejects a marriage arranged by his family and moves out. Third son Gao Juehui falls in love with family servant Ming Feng, and enthusiastically joins the student movement. when the local ethical association director wants to take Ming Feng as his concubine she chooses death by drowning herself. Juehui decides to ... Written by lydp

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7 January 1953 (Hong Kong)  »

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Not a bad early family drama from HK.
27 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a 1950s Hong Kong drama about an extended family trying to fend off the odds of being forced out of their village compound from their corrupt and greedy neighbors. I used to watch it with my mom when I was a kid and, though I wasn't too much into historical dramas, I've learned to enjoy this movie a little bit. The plot elements of overcoming the odds, dealing with family issues, sacrifices and love were meaningful in the film and I thought the acting was well done.

Actor Kien Shih of the Bruce Lee movie, Enter the Dragon, has a supporting role in this film.

This movie, titled "Family" in English, actually is one of three movies in a series. The two other parts are titled "Spring" and "Autumn" respectively. "Autumn" is the final chapter in the series.

Grade B-


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