One for the kids! Sanmao (Three-Hairs) is a comic strip character come to life in this film, which strings together several episodes from the original work’s depiction of the life of a street urchin in Shanghai. Wanderings of Three-Hairs the Orphan culminates in a bedlam ballroom sequence in a mansion. Working at an historical turning point, the filmmakers tacked on the victory parade ending after the People’s Liberation Army entered Shanghai in May 1949.
Sanmao liulang ji
Alternative English titles: An Orphan on the Streets, The Winter of Three-Hairs, The Adventures of Sanmao the Waif
Directors: Zhao Ming 趙明 and Yan Gong 嚴恭
Original story: Zhang Leping 張樂平
Screenplay: Yang Hansheng
Studio: The Peak Film Industries Corp., Ltd. (Kunlun 崑崙)
Date of release: October 30, 1949
Cast: Wang Longji, Lin Zhen, Du Lei, Cheng Mo, Meng Shufan (with cameos by Shangguan Yunzhu, Huang Zongying, Zhao Dan)
English subtitles translated by Christopher Rea
Wanderings of Three-Hairs the Orphan (1949) is discussed in chapter 13 of the book Chinese Film Classics, 1922-1949.
Special effects were common in early Chinese cinema, especially in comedies and martial arts (wuxia) films of the 1920s
Animation and Cartoons 卡通與漫畫
Early Chinese cinema included both animated films and live-action films with animated and illustrated sequences
Crows and Sparrows 烏鴉與麻雀 (1949)
An epochal film, produced and set at the end of civil war, centering on a fight over housing. Who will stay and who will go?