Star Wonderfun

Star Wonderfun

Dir: Ng Wui
Scr: Ng Yu-hei
Prod Cos: Wong Jeung, Lui Ming
Cast: Ng Wai-kwok, Lee Tim-shing, Louie Castro, Michael Lai, Liu Fung-ming
1976 | Colour | DCP | Cantonese | Chi & Eng Subtitles | 109min

This film was collected locally in 1995.

Lui Ming, a film lover since childhood and had worked in radio, established the Lui Ming (International) Film Enterprises at the advent of television popularity, selling and renting Cantonese films to TV stations. His operation contributed significantly to the reintroduction of earlier films to the television audience. Upon his retirement, Lui donated several hundred films to the Archive, greatly enriching the Archive's collection.

In the mid-to-late 1970s, competition among Hong Kong's three television stations, TVB, RTV and CTV, intensified. In an attempt to lure the home audience to the cinema, this film features dozens of television stars as its gimmick. This film is a seamless, unified compilation of four short stories about a popular topic of the day, horoscopes. But in spite of the modern style, excellent editing and even theme-appropriate music by the popular band Jade, the plot development is hurried. Each short story also has its moral, such as ‘don't do bad things', ‘don't judge people by their appearances'—an attempt at edutainment, but quite trite and didactic. The story featuring young idols Louie Castro and Liu Fung-ming explores the multiple facets of the Gemini personality. The conclusion was inferred to be split personality, which in those days was a rather novel handling of the issue.

Date Time Venue
26/6/2021 (Sat) # 2:00pm Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

# Post-screening talk with Louie Castro

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