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Less than an hour of footage remains of this sumptuous silent costume epic, at the time one of the most lavish Chinese productions ever made.
Less than an hour remains of this sumptuous costume epic, at the time one of the most lavish Chinese productions ever made. Based on a scandalous Yuan Dynasty play, the film chronicles the blossoming affair between a young scholar and a courtier's daughter, set against the backdrop of a bandit siege. Featuring a few breathtaking hand-tinted sequences and replete with breakneck action, intrigue and old-fashioned romance, Romance of the Western Chamber anticipates the later "anything goes" spirit of Hong Kong New Wave director Tsui Hark.