小樓春曉
Pavilion in the Spring Dawn (1954)
Alias: A Love Story
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Mandarin 
Genre: Comedy 
Release Date: 02/15/1954
 
Director
  Griffin Yueh Feng
 
Script
  Griffin Yueh Feng
 
 
Cast
  Wong Ho (1)    
  Luo Lan (1)    
  Helen Li Mei    
  Lan Qing    
  Shi Lei (1)    
  Wu Jing-Ping    
  Ng Wai (2)    
  Ma Hsiao-Nung    
  Shen Chong ... Staff A
  Mao Lu (2) ... Staff B
  Chang Chih-Pei ... Staff C
  Yeung Tin (3) ... Staff D
  Chu Shao-Chuen    
 
Production Company
  Daai Fong
 
Makeup
  Sung Siu-Kong
 
Production Manager
  Helena Law Lan
 
Art Director
  Bao Tian-Ming
 
Composer
  Li Hou-Xiang
 
Lighting
  Lin Wei (1)
 
Filming Location
  Hong Kong
 
 
Summary
 

After leaving The Great Wall Movie Enterprises Ltd, Yueh founded the Dafang Film Company and made an unconventional love story. Wang Hao and Wu Jingping share a room, with their respective girlfriends Helen Li Mei and Luo Lan living in an adjourning room. Wang is obsessed with work and cannot stand the around-the-clock attention of Li. Luo Lan has a serious outlook on life, while Ng wants to cuddle all the time. The two pairs of lovers fall out. They only find true happiness after switching partners among themselves. Yueh creates a delicate situation with simple characters and a simple plot. His works often emphasize universal love, human feelings and dignity. While they start out being flawed, the characters realise that love is not everything, and are even ready to give up their new-found love out of guilt towards their former lover. The film is progressive without being political as in the Great Wall period. In one night scene, no one speaks in the darkness, and the silence is only broken by the sounds of sobbing. A consummate director, Yueh managed to flout the usual narrative conventions after going independent. [Source: HKFA]