A Vampire Pays Offerings to the Moon

A Vampire Pays Offerings to the Moon

Dir: Chu Kea
Orig Story: Suen Siu-ming
Pro Co: Shunli
Cast: Sheung-kwun Kwan-wai, Sima Wah-lung, Chan Lo-mei, Kam Lui, Cheng Kwan-min
1958 | B&W | DCP | Cantonese | 93min

Centuries-old, bone-chilling folklore has it that vampires revive by basking in the rays of the full moon. But the story of the vampire in this film is a rather heartrending one. Star-crossed lovers Siu-mui (Sheung-kwun Kwan-wai) and Hoi-ping (Sima Wah-lung) are forcibly separated when Hoi-ping is made to marry Li (Chan Lo-mei) although Siu-mui is already pregnant with his child. Li becomes fiercely jealous when she knows the two are still seeing each other, and plots to harm Siu-mui by letting her to be a concubine. Siu-mui is later killed, leaving behind her half-year-old son, when she discovers the affair between Li and her cousin (Kam Lui). After her tragic death, myth about a vampire paying offerings to the moon at midnight begins to spread and passes down the generations…The film breaks conventional undead tropes and is more a poignant tale focusing on the depiction of humanity than a spooky horror story, with touches of The Dream of the Red Chamber, The Injustice Done to Dou E and How a Dead Cat Was Substituted for a New-born Prince in between.

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Date Time Venue
1/5/2022 (Sun) 11:00am Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

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