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Blood Stains the Valley of Love / 血染相思谷 (1957)


Fri Oct 11 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Gallery Theatre, National Musem, 93 Stamford Road, Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $8.00
  • Additional fees may apply

In Cantonese with English Subtitles

Generally known as part of Kong Ngee's "Nanyang Trilogy", Blood Stains the Valley of Love is an interesting hybrid wenyi (literary)-thriller-ghost story film. It is framed throughout by a poetic voice-over narrated as a flashback by the young male protagonist, Yip, played by Patrick Tse.

The plot deals with the love of a young Malay woman, played by Molly Wu Kar, for a Chinese man (Patrick Tse), whose Mother warns him against consummating the romance for fear that the woman might cast a hex on him. When Yip informs his Malay lover that he is going to Hong Kong to visit his sick aunt, she becomes jealous and threatens to cast a hex on him, which has the power to bring about the death of any woman who falls in love with him. Supernatural melodrama ensues when Yip falls in love with his cousin, Ah Yi, (Patsy Kar Ling) back in Hong Kong.

Blood Stains the Valley of Love is audacious in both its unusual genre-crossing structure and in its treatment of interracial love and rivalry.