List of Hong Kong films before 1950

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A list of the earliest films produced in Hong Kong from the first film in 1909 to 1949 in year order.

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1909
Stealing the Roast Duck Liang Shaobo Liang Shaobo,
Lai Pak-hoi
Comedy short First dramatic film production in Hong Kong, made by Asia Film Company of Shanghai.[1]
1913
Zhuangzi Tests His Wife Lai Pak-hoi Lai Man-Wai,
Lai Pak-hoi
Comedy short First film made by a Hong Kong studio, but never screened in Hong Kong.[2]
1922
Rouge Lai Man-Wai,
Lai Pak-hoi
Lai Man-Wai,
Lin Chuchu
Drama First feature film produced by a Hong Kong company (China Sun), but shot in Guangzhou.[2]
1925–30
No films were made in Hong Kong as a result of the Great Canton–Hong Kong strike.[3]
1931
Iron Bone and Orchid Heart Kwan Man Ching Yao-yu Sek,
Kit-ching Fung
Romance
The Pain of Separation Lai Pak-hoi Kin-han Lap,
Wah-chi Cheung
Romance First Hong Kong film adapted from a Cantonese folk tale/opera
The Witty Sorcerer Lai Pak-hoi Lai Pak-hoi,
Xu Menghen
Comedy/Drama
1932
Cry of the Cuckoo in the Temple Liang Shaobo Wong Man-lei Fable
Gunshot at Midnight Kwan Man Ching Ng Cho-fan,
Wong Man-lei
Mystery
1933
Conscience Lai Pak-hoi First partial talkie.[4]
Flowers Fall and Catkins Fly Wong Toi Romance Filmed in Vietnam, this was the first HK film shot at an overseas location, but never released in Hong Kong.[citation needed]
The Fool Pays Respects Hou Yao[5] Wong Man-lei Fantasy Based on a Cantonese folk tale
The Shining Pearl Kwan Man Ching Ng Cho-fan,
Wong Man-lei
Action
1934
The Fool's Nuptial Chamber Lai Pak-hoi First full talkie.[4]
The Body Snatchers Wong Toi Ng Cho-fan Horror Hong Kong's first horror film
1935
Life Line Guan Wenqing [6]
1938
Behind the Shanghai Front Line Tang Xiaodan [6]
Great Wall of Blood and Flesh Hou Yao National defence Patriotic film against Japanese invasion[5]
Last Minute Call Hou Yao National defence Patriotic film against Japanese invasion[5]
Female Soldier [6]
Eighth Heaven Musical [6]
Rouge Tears Chuk Ching-yin Hu Die Drama Cantonese remake of 1934 silent The Goddess
Rouge Tears Wu Yonggang Hu Die Drama Mandarin remake of 1934 silent The Goddess
1939
Lone Island Paradise Cai Chusheng Li Lili National defence Mandarin film produced by the Shanghai exiles from the Second Sino-Japanese War.[6]
Storm over the Pacific Hou Yao National defence Patriotic film against Japanese invasion[5]
The Radio Station Murder Case Xu Xinyuan Detective The Charlie Chan series.[7]
1940
The Boundless Future Cai Chusheng [6]
White Clouds of Home Situ Huimin [6]
1941
Golden Gate Girl Kwan Man Ching Bruce Lee Drama Film debut of Bruce Lee (he played an infant).
1942
The Battle of Hong Kong War propaganda The only film made during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
1947
The Net of Justice Xu Xinyuan Detective The Charlie Chan series.[7]
1948
Sorrows of the Forbidden City Zhu Shilin Zhou Xuan,
Shu Shi
Historical/Drama
Charlie Chan Outwits the Black Despot Xu Xinyuan Detective The Charlie Chan series.[7]
1949
The True Story of Wong Fei Hung Early Kung Fu film

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fonoroff 1988, p. 293.
  2. ^ a b Fonoroff 1988, p. 294.
  3. ^ Fonoroff 1988, p. 295.
  4. ^ a b Fonoroff 1988, p. 298.
  5. ^ a b c d Ye & Zhu 2012, p. 77.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Fonoroff 1988, p. 299.
  7. ^ a b c Fonoroff 1988, p. 301.

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