Song at Midnight

  • Dir: Maxu Weibang

  • 1937, 123min, DCP, Mandarin

  • Cast: Jin Shan, Hu Ping, Shi Chao, Gu Menghe

In the Early Republican years , Song, a young revolutionary, passes himself off as an opera singer. He falls for Li, a landlord’s daughter, but their romance is thwarted by Li’s father and a lustful ruffian. A Chinese horror classic adapted from Hollywood silent The Phantom of the Opera and influenced by James Whale’s Frankenstein, this film was the tone-setter for Hong Kong’s horror movies in the early post-war years. Maxu Webang’s powerful script and unique directing style, coupled with German Expressionist cinematography and highly stagy, fluid mise-en-scene, results in a worldview that is as indulgent and pathological as it is campy and funny.

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.