|Cindy Law’s Top Picks:
Director Lee Tit, who also directed
the opera classics The Purple Hairpin and
Butterfly and Red Pear, boldly abandons the
traditional for a blend of huang mei diao and Cantonese opera in this
beautiful remake of a classic love story. Connie and Josephine Siao
portray a young and handsome couple with tremendous chemistry and the
outcome is exceptionally refreshing and memorable.
2) The Six-fingered
Lord of the Lute (1965)
This is an adaptation from Hong Kong’s
own wuxia novelist, Ngai Hong. Our Connie plays Lui Lun, the cute
young hero who is abducted from his family, then finds himself entangled
in a plot by the villainous Lord to exact revenge and reign supreme over
the wuxia world. After being orphaned and then jilted by his love, Lui
Lun still finds the strength to save all of wulin from this disaster.
Pregnant and Unmarried (1968)
Chor Yuen showcases Connie’s comic
ability plus her purity and innocence in this hilarious yet poignant
satire about coming of age and social inequity. The legendary scene where
Connie and Lui Kei try to scare each other off with less than perfect
looks and then fence with a broom and samurai sword will have you doubled
over with laughter. It is apparent that everyone in the film was having
4) Girls Are
A poor orphaned girl goes alone to
the big city to seek refuge with her nurse maid, her only remaining
kin. The harbor boat’s waves and the churning bus wheels magnify the
sorrow and the uncertainty of her future. The sentimental opening theme
music is an opera classic, “Streaming Tears,” sung by Connie in a modern
falsetto but telling the story just like the opera. A sad yet delightful
youth film/musical/love story.
5) The Black
Connie and Nam Hung are a pair of
playful and invincible modern day Robin Hood sisters with lots of
wit and charm. Add cool and handsome Patrick Tse as an opponent/love
interest and you have a film full of fun. Chor Yuen does a good job of
character building, combines contemporary with tradition, and manages
to entertain and have social significance at the same time.
6) The Young
Girl Dares Not Homeward (1970)
Carefree and wayward Kenneth Tsang
harasses and annoys poor school girl Connie, but when they both become
homeless, they have only each other. Together, they find the love and
strength to face a harsh and unsympathetic society. This film gives a
realistic look into the perils faced by those on society’s fringes and
is one of the very few Cantonese films not overacted.
A beautiful melodrama by Chor Yuen
whose directing skills are most obvious in romances of this kind.
You can sense his passion for poetry and all things beautiful by the
way he presents Connie.
8) The Black
Connie does not waste a second switching
from male to female and vice versa. She also goes from song and dance
mode to kung fu mode with the greatest of ease. Female Connie is pretty;
male Connie is pretty.
Connie and Josephine star
in Eternal Love.
Connie saves the world of martial-arts
from disaster in The Six-fingered Lord of the Lute.
Poor orphan Connie goes to the
big city in Girls Are Flowers.
Connie in song and dance mode
in The Black Killer.