Monday, July 13, 2009

690 REVIEW : ‘ The Mirror and The Lichee ‘ - 新陈三五娘

A Shaw Brothers Classic ...

‘ The Mirror and The Lichee ‘ -

Cast : Ivy Ling Po, Fang Yin
Director : Kao Li


When a local beauty was harassed by a villain at an annual lantern festival, she fled to her uncle’s home to hide. There she met a poor scholar and they fell for each other at the first sight. The villain soon arrived at her hideout and threatened to marry the beauty ….

新陈三五娘 … 凌波 , 方盈


伯家里暂避,邂逅了才子陈三,两人一见钟情. 时恶少

已追踪而至,声言要娶五娘为妾 ……

Rating / 评价 : 2 ½ stars of 5


terence said...

This movie has different huangmei tunes which makes it a refreshing film. Shaws has changed the sad ending of the original tale into a happy one. I think a tragic ending would have made a bigger impact especially if the stars act well.

yee1joyce said...


Thank you very much for posting a review w/the usual movie poster of this huangmei. If it wasn't for the Ivy discussion board's dialogue about the original story being a tragedy, I wouldn't have known.

Given SB's tendencies to change folktales such as this one, I still appreciate the aspects that fans can, including Ivy and Fang Yin's performances, lovely singing by both Tsin Ting and Ivy, the lovely costumes and sets. Sure wish that the plot wasn't so lightweight much of the time, the nature of the story isn't well portrayed compared to earlier classics such as "Love Eterne" in which humor and tragedy were shown much more effectively.

ivan said...

This is one huangmei diao I like least. The plot, tunes, you name it - nothing seems right to me! I shall keep the dvd only to take a peep at Fang Yin. :)