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Oral History Series (3): Director Chor Yuen

Oral History Series:Director Chor Yuen Book Cover

Description

A multi-talented film veteran whose presence remains strongly felt all along his 30-year career, Chor Yuen has opened up exciting vistas in Hong Kong cinema. The social realist in The Great Devotion (1960), the idealised melodrama Rose in Tears (1963), the action-packed Black Rose (1965), the farcical Pregnant Maiden (1968), the erotic Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972), the lucrative Gu Long martial arts novel adaptations–a truly kaleidoscopic oeuvre embracing virtually every genre. Adding to the director's recollection of his days from Kong Ngee to Shaws are reviews and his complete filmography.

Published in 2006. Priced at HK$95 for English edition; HK$70 for Chinese edition. (Co-edited by Grace Ng and Kwok Ching-ling)

English edition: ISBN 962-8050-35-4

Contents

Preface
Grace Ng and Kwok Ching Ling

Chor Yuen on Chor Yuen
Birth and Family Background
Beginning of My Film Career
My Days as Assistant Director and Scriptwriter
From Kong Ngee to Shaw Brothers
Some of My Early Works
The Peak of My Career - Roses, The Prodigal and Such
Joining Cathay and Making Mandarin Films
My Days at Shaws
From Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan to The House of 72 Tenants
Why I Made Those Gu Long Films
Life after Shaws
On Making Films
Production Limitations of Hong Kong Film
Talking about Personalities
Conclusion: Time Makes the Man

Reviews
A Critique on Chor Yuen's Style
Sek Kei

The Mystery and Romance of the Rose
Sek Kei

Cross-Over Romanticism
Sek Kei

Spring Comes to Chor Yuen
Law Kar

Filmography

A Chor Yuen Chronology

Acknowledgements