A novelist uses all his money to buy gifts for the woman he loves who in turn is also seeing a business man, using him for expensive presents. As a consequence the writer is unable to pay the rent, whilst the womans family goes hungry as her fathers business suffers.
A joyful comedy that expresses the dangers of consumerism for the careless spender.
A talented filmmaker of the 1930s-40s, Yuan Muzhi became involved in theater while still at high school. During his college years, he played the lead role in a Chinese stage adaptation of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. In 1930, Yuan was drawn into the leftist theater movement. However, his parents’ disapproval of his involvement in theater, together with their active interference of his work, served to estrange Yuan from his family.
Yuan joined Diantong Film Company, a centre of the leftist film movement, in 1934. He wrote and starred in Plunder of Peach and Plum (dir. Ying Yunwei, 1934), which deals with the widespread problem of unemployment and is highly critical of social conditions in the 1930s. Yuan also starred in another Diantong production, Children of Troubled Times (dir. Xu Xingzhi, 1935). In 1935, he wrote and directed Scenes of City Life (1935), a musical focusing on the dark side of urban life.
Yuan joined Mingxing Film Company… read more