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The Arch

Original title
Dong fu ren
Running time
94 min.
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Tong Shu Shuen
Tsan-yuan Lu
Subrata Mitra (B&W)
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Cathay Asia Films / Film Dynasty
Drama | 17th Century. Melodrama
Synopsis / Plot
Madame Tung is a middle-aged teacher and doctor in a remote village in 17th century China. Tung is a respected member of the community, a widower whose loyalty to her late husband and dedication to the family name have not gone unnoticed: villagers request that the emperor have an arch erected as a symbol of the schoolteacher's virtue and service. Tung agrees to billet a group of soldiers in her home and falls in love with the young captain, Yang Kwan, who is also smitten and leaves romantic poetry around Tung's home for the widower to find. When Tung's daughter falls for Yang Kwan her mother encourages the couple to be married. Tung, however, is still attracted to the captain and afraid of scandal if she acts on her desires.
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