Eileen Chang’s 張愛玲 (Zhang Ailing, 1920-1995) first produced film screenplay, Love Everlasting, is finally available with English subtitles–100 years after Chang’s birth!
Yu Jiayin, a young professional woman, takes a job in Shanghai as the in-house tutor of an eight-year-old girl, only to fall in love with the girl’s father, Xia Zongyu–a married man. Jiayin’s good-for-nothing father arrives in town and starts trying to exploit the situation for his own benefit. Then Zongyu’s sickly wife arrives from the countryside, and Jiayin finds that an already compromising situation is becoming unbearable. What will she do?
Love Everlasting was the first collaboration between Eileen Chang and director Sang Hu. In 1947, Chang and Sang teamed up again on the brilliant film comedy Long Live the Missus! 太太萬歲 (featuring much of the same supporting cast); that year, Chang also revised her Love Everlasting screenplay into the story “How Much Regret” 多少恨, which she published in a magazine edited by Sang Hu.
Chen Yanyan (of The Great Road) stars as Yu Jiayin and leading man Liu Qiong as Xia Zongyu.
Alternative English title: Unending Love
Directed by Sang Hu
Screenplay by Eileen Chang
Wenhua Film Co.
Year of release: 1947
Cast: Chen Yanyan, Liu Qiong, Lin Zhen, Cao Wei, Lu Shan, Peng Peng, Ye Ming, Yan Su, Sun Yi, Zhang Wan
English subtitles translated by Christopher Rea
Watch the second 1947 collaboration between director Sang Hu and screenwriter Eileen Chang, Long Live the Missus (1947).
Special effects were common in early Chinese cinema, especially in comedies and martial arts (wuxia) films of the 1920s
Chen Yanyan 陳燕燕
Chen Yanyan 陳燕燕 had long film career in Republican China, post-war Taiwan, and Hong Kong, lasting from the 1930s to the 1980s
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