Archive - 10th Five Flavours Film Festival

Rediscovered Classics

Our Sister Hedy

Si qian jin
Hong Kong 1957, 115’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Ching Doe
screenplay: Ching Doe
cinematography: Tung Shao-yung
editing: Wang Zhao-xi
music: Kei Shang-tong
cast: Mu Hong, Julie Yeh Feng, Jeanette Lin Tsui, So Fung, Peter Chen Ho, Tin Ching, Kelly Lai Chen
producer: Robert Chung, Stephen Soong
production: Motion Picture & General Investment Co. Ltd.
language: Mandarin
colouration: b&w

awards and festivals

5th Asian Film Festival 1958 - Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Set Design, Best Editing

Film description

One of Hong Kong's most beloved classics is a warm comedy set in the late 1950s, a story of four sisters with four different characters. The spontaneous tomboy Hedy, the responsible Hilda, the sensuous, seductive Helen, and the sweet Hazel, represent the new generation of women, going through love dilemmas, looking for their own paths to happiness in the modernizing city. The leading roles are played by four stars with strong personalities and infectious energy.

A brilliant script, perfectly capturing the reality of the decade – with its unique fashion, lovely music, and dynamic aura – turned the film into an instant audience favorite. It was soon followed by a sequel ("Wedding Bells for Hedy"), and it is still listed as one of the 100 most important films from Hong Kong. It is a sentimental, subversive production, captivating with its atmosphere and fresh perspective.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Ching Doe

One of the most important names of the Golden Era in Hong Kong cinema, the 1950s and 60s, specializing in classic melodramas (wenyi pian, formally rooted in the classic Chinese theater) and all sorts of comedies and musicals, although he also made several horrors and thrillers. He worked with the brightest star actors of the time, directing over 50 titles, mostly for the Shaw Brothers studio.

Selected filmography:

1952 Tomorrow / Ming Tin

1954 A Girl in Transformation / Niao Yu Hua Xiang

1956 A Lonely Heart / Ling Aan

1961 Les Belles / Qian jiao bai mei

1961 Love Without End / Bu liao qing

1964 The Dancing Millionaires / Wan hua ying chun

1966 The Blue And The Black / Lan yu hei

1969 Twin Blades of Doom / Yin Yang Dao

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