From what little I have seen and heard of Suet
Nei, she never really went for cute - she would rather be deadly and she
was in some
ways the predecessor for all the stone-eyed heroines that followed. Chan Lit-ban directed one of my favorite Connie Chan films, I'll Get You One Day,
one of many films in which they worked together.
Between Sek Kin and Walter Tso, they must have
appeared in over 90% of the Cantonese action films of the 1950's and 60's.
prolific stars - Sek Kin almost always cast as the villain and Walter as the good guy. Both lived long lives, working into their 80's. Sek Kin died just recently in 2009.
Law Yim-hing didn't have too shabby a career as well - literally hundreds of film credits from the late 1940's till the end of the 60's. They just don't make them like
By 1967, Cathay was searching for a winning formula
but was floundering in the wake of the Shaw Brother's success with their
martial arts films. Many of the usual Cathay
talent is still on hand though for this Huangmei Diao (Yellow Plum Opera) - the great Wong Tin-lam behind the camera, Nellie Chin Yu who wrote some of the great
Cathay scripts (Her Tender Heart, The Wild Wild Rose, Sun, Moon and Star) delivering this her final script before retiring and moving to Canada, Zhao Lei, Jeanette Lin
and Tin Ching in front of the camera and finally Yao Min composing the score. Yao Min composed many of the finest film scores for Cathay.
This is another collaboration between director
Chan and actress Connie Chan. I saw something from Durian Dave stating
that they worked together on 26 films.
Of course since she made around 230 films (according to the HKMBD), that was still only 11% of her total films! Oh, and she retired at the ripe old age of 25!
Judge Pao is reknown as an honest and wise judge
who lived from 999-1062 and a thousand years later he still has a hold
on the Chinese imagination. He has been portrayed in
various films but to an even larger degree in a few TV series. Here he is portrayed by the great character actor Leung Sing-bo who appeared as an exasperated father
in a number of the Cathay films.
How many times I wonder did Kwan Tak-hing and
Sek Kin cross each other's paths in the Wong Fei Hung series. They were
together for the very first in 1949 and for the final film
in the series in 1970. The series is really remarkable for its longevity - 21 years and over 70 films. That has to be some sort of record and for many of these movies three great icons of
Cantonese film - Kwan, Sek Kin and Walter Tso - just kept going.
This one looks like fun. One of so many Cantonese
films of this period that will likely never come to video. The description
on the calendar has this to say:
"In this film she (Josephine) is chased by some villains to the back stage. She then disguises herself as an actress to sing and dance on the stage." What more could you want?
Wow, the mini-skirt gets to Hong Kong! And Suet
Nei without a sword in her hand. She still looks pissed though!
Ng Wui began directing in 1941, his last directed film was in 1979 - but he continued to act in films till 1994 (Hail the Judge).
The sex bomb Tina Ti - I did not know that she
started out at Cathay (in a film intriguingly called Operation Macau).
For some reason though she isn't pictured on the poster
- instead they have three photos of Betty. Betty was reputed to have left the Shaws because she got so angry at them for giving Ivy Ling Po more attention than she received
after Love Eterne. I guess Cathay was going to be sure that did not happen again! This film is on DVD.
What the heck is this film about? Everything important
I think - rock and roll, rebellion, girls, heartbreak and a basket full
of yellow garbed girls on
motorcycles (including Lydia!). How very cool. Another film I need to see.