Tuesday, 12 May 2009

More ways to waste time

The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Based on the 1957 novel written by Richard Mason and its subsequent stage production. Starring William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms, Michael Wilding, and Jacqui Chan.

Robert Lomax (Holden) is an American architect pushing forty who moves to Hong Kong to pursue his dream of being a painter. En route he meets bargirl Suzie Wong's (Kwan) alter ego Mee Ling, her father a very rich man and she's not dirty street girl, on board the Star Ferry. It is through this chance meeting that the rest of the story unfolds.

Nancy Kwan on the cover of Life on October 24, 1960

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An Aesthete's Lament said...

I have always loved this movie. Not so much the story but the clothes, the sets, etc. It really is a treasure.

HOBAC said...

AL - the opening is divine, Hong Kong as it was...

Rose C'est La Vie said...

So glad to be reminded of The World of Suzie Wong which I read before going to live in Hong Kong in 1973. A Big Mistake: Wanchai turned out to be two dual carriageways inboard of the waterfront. I never saw the film but I will now and forget the even more recent desecrations of the island.