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Shang Hai Zhi Yen (Shanghai Blues)
Shanghai is ablaze with neon lights, and its citizens live in a colourful universe in this cheerful comedy of errors. Our story begins before the Japanese invasion. Do-re-mi (Kenny Bee) is a clown who joins the Chinese army. During an air raid on the city, he pushes a young girl under a bridge for safety. They promise to meet again after liberation but become separated before they can exchange names. Ten years later Do-re-mi returns to Shanghai and meets Stool (Sally Yeh), a homeless waif who is taken home by kind-hearted Shu-shu (Sylvia Chang), who lives below Do-re-mi's apartment. Do-re-mi believes Stool is his mysterious lost soul-mate, but in reality it is Shu Shu. With slapstick humour, outrageous song and dance numbers, and plain silliness, the constant confusion and chaotic love triangle delights, even as Tsui Hark speeds the action up, never allowing for a moment of romantic bliss.
1984 / Cantonese dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 103 mins
Genre: Comedy and Musical
Programme: Lifetime Achievement
Premiere: Not a Premiere
Rating: 18+
Director: Tsui Hark
Scriptwriter: Chuek-Hon Szeto, Koon-Chung Chan
DOP: Ngor Chi Kwan
Editor: Chow Sui Sam
Composer: James Wong
Cast: Kenny Bee, Sally Yeh, Sylvia Chang
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