Friday, October 28, 2011

HKMS : Peking Opera Blues

A series of HK movie synopses regurgitated verbatim from the dvd/vcd/laserdisc cover.

In 1913, the political situation in China was turbulent. The separation of the country among warlords makes people have no means to make a living.

Singer Sheung Hung (Cherie Chung) is a venal woman. She accidentally got pieces of jewels at a mutiny when she was performing a play at the house of Commander-in-chief. However she carelessly dropped the jewels on the cart of a theatrical troupe. Sheung followed the troupe and met Bai Niu (Sally Yeh) and Tsao Wan (Brigitte Lin). Bai was an enthusiastic performer not accepted by the feudal society and Tsao was patriotic. They grew up in total different ways with distinctive ideals. In this riotous environment, they met with one another to mark the best moment of their lives.

This synopsis is taken from the blu ray release of Peking Opera Blues and shows even on a premium film on a premium format, little to no care is taken on the English translation. After all these years as a Hong Kong cinema fan, I don't really know why that last sentence has a surprised sound!


YTSL said...

Something to mull about: "Peking Opera Blues" -- my favorite movie of all time, and one loved by many an overseas Hong Kong film fan -- has not made the Hong Kong Film Archive's 100 Must See Hong Kong Movies list... :S

Jack J said...

I loooove Peking Opera Blues too!! Ever since I watched it for the first time in the early 90s on a Danish VHS. Another fave of mine is Shanghai Blues.

A hero never dies said...

Hi YTSL, There were a few notable omissions from that list, but Peking Opera Blues and Chungking Express are unforgivable in my eyes at least.

Jack. Love both "blues" movies too, can't believe Shanghai Blues isn't available on English friendly dvd.

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