First-timers florilegium, incipits held in film stock's flattening herbarium: first time in love, first time in a skyrise seeking lawyer's assistance, sipping from a water dispenser plastic glass, touching a radiator. First-timers' Yellow Pages and omnicomprehensive guidance book are newspapers enveloping the walls & pasting up the chinks. History marches on but youth starts living it afresh w/ each new generation.
Gorgeous bittersweet love story. Zhou Xuan is incredible and her songs are deeply moving. Zhao Huishen haunts the movie like a tragic expressionist ghost. I can't believe it's the only movie she ever made.
I'm not sure how much I enjoyed that ending, and parts of the version I saw was very rough. Would love to see a restored version of this because there was so much greatness here. Amazing performances and that voice! tragic knowing that Xuan Zhou ended in a mental asylum because her beautiful spirit shone through in this picture.