The film tells of the hardship a family goes through when a teacher, played by Cheung Wood-yau, loses his job and has trouble making ends meet. Following the neo-realism trend of the time, as inspired by Italian directors Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini, Chor went all-out to ground the film in facts, as he later recalled in an interview with the Hong Kong Film Archive. “All the contents, like eating the salty egg, the son robbing the bank, the school principal begging on the street and meeting his old student there, giving away a daughter to another person and a son seeing his mother become a prostitute and then jumping from a building, were based on newspaper cuttings,” Chor explained. —eyestrane.com
Zhang Baojian (born September 16, 1934), better known as Chor Yuen, is a Hong Kong-based Chinese film director, screenwriter and actor.
His father was a famed Cantonese film actor. After studying in the Department of Chemistry in Zhongsha University for 3 years, Chor joined the movie industry as a writer in 1956. His film debut was “The Soul Stealer” directed by Ng Wui. Soon he began working as an assistant director and finally debuted as a director with Chin Chien in the film “Bloodshed in the Valley of Love” in 1957. “Grass by the Lake” (1959) was his first film in solitaire. In 1970, after more than 70 Cantonese films, Chor directed and wrote his first Mandarin “wuxia” film, “Cold Blade”, which attracted the attention of the major Chinese film studio at that time, Shaw Bros., so in 1971 Chor finally joined that studio. In 1976 he began his long series of adaptations of Ku Lung’s novels with “Killer Clans”, which gave him an international reputation. —IMDb read more