The Wild, Wild Rose - 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies

2012-08-18 19:00 - 2012-08-26 15:45

The Wild, Wild Rose - 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies

When: Sat 18 Aug, 2012 7pm *
Where: Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

When: Sun 26 Aug, 2012 1:30pm #
Where: Broadway Cinematheque

The Wild, Wild Rose


* Invited guest for post-screening talk: Grace Chang
# Post-screening talk with Peter Dunn

The songstress is a vivid embodiment of Chinese women’s sorrowful fate and is an endearingly cherished figure in the first few decades of Chinese cinema, that of Hong Kong included. The Wild, Wild Rose, a musical noir in which cigarette smoke is a major character, is one of the best songstress films ever.

The film’s memorable title character is played by Grace Chang, the always captivating star shunning her established wholesome screen persona, going literally wild to play a sultry temptress with yet a heart of gold, somewhat a reincarnation of the Li Lihua character in Blood in Snow (1956).

The film is marked by director Wong Tin-lam’s stylish mise-en-scene, a tight script penned by Nellie Chin Yu and evocative music by You Min and the Japanese composer Hattori Ryochi, which features a fascinating marriage between Mandarin musicals and western opera, citing Bizet’s Carmen in the first half and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in the second. A work that represents the highest point of Mandarin cinema.


Dir: Wong Tin-lam  
Scr: Qin Yifu (aka Nellie Chin Yu)
Prod Co: MP&GI
Cast: Grace Chang, Chang Yang, Dolly Soo Fung, Wang Lai 
1960 / B&W / 35mm / Mandarin / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 134min


Tip: Tickets of The Wild, Wild Rose is available from 4 July 2012

Hong Kong Film Archive
Tickets: $40
*Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients.
Ticketing Enquiries: 852-27349009
Internet Booking:
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 852-21115999
Programme Enquiries: 852-27342900
Tel: 852-27392139
Add: 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong

Broadway Cinematheque
Tickets: $55 (Regular price) / 40 (Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, children aged 11 or below)
Phone Ticketing: 852-23883188
Online Ticketing:
Programme Enquiries:852-23880002
Add: Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, KLN, Hong Kong (Yau Ma Tei MTR-Exit C)


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