Reviewed by: Stephe
Summary: There is a Motion Picture & General Investment Co. Ltd. version of this
Motion Picture & General Investment Co. Ltd. filmed the same story
Reviewer Score: 7
and released it under the titles A Story of Three Loves (Part 1) (1964)
and A Story of Three Loves (Part 2) (1964). Shaw Brothers' version
was created by a raft of directors and features wonderful screen
compositions and sumptuous mise-en-scène that MP & GI can't match.
A Story of Three Loves' Grace Chang is a natural musical performer
and fits her musicianly scenes whereas Between Tears and Laughter's
Li Li-Hua is not on par. Likewise, the athletic Jeanette Lin Tsui is fine
as the martial artist's daughter, while Ivy Ling Po's presence makes me
wish that she was able to perform Li Li-Hua's numbers.
Between Tears and Laughter's Guan Shan is immensely preferable as
the heroic scholar to A Story of Three Loves' rather drippy Zhao Lei.
The source material for both films was the novel Fate in Tears in
Laughter (Tixiao yinyuan) by Zyhang Henshui.