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The Guiding Light (1953)

Ku hai ming deng (original title)
13-year old Bruce Lee plays San, a child up for adoption. Finally accepted by his surrogate parents, he is faced with a dilemma when his real parents show up and want him back.

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Kim Chun

Writer:

Kim Chun
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yin Pak ... Madam Lee
Cho-Fan Ng Cho-Fan Ng ... Wong Lo-Sei
Ying Cheung ... Chan Ying Kit
Wood-Yau Cheung ... Tin Sang (adult)
Ching Lee ... Dr, Lau
Siuyi Yung Siuyi Yung ... Ah Ngo
Yee Mui Yee Mui ... Lee Git Ching
Bruce Lee ... Tin Sang (Juvenile) (as Siu Lung Lee)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lap Ban Chan ... Socialite
Man-Ha Cheng Man-Ha Cheng ... Teacher
Chok Chow Cheung ... Beat Cop
Chung Ping Chiang ... Doctor Fong
Chi-Shing Chow Chi-Shing Chow ... Cheung Lo Sam
Nin-Wah Chow Nin-Wah Chow ... Lee Git Ching (Juvenile)
Chiu Chu Chiu Chu ... Physician
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13-year old Bruce Lee plays San, a child up for adoption. Finally accepted by his surrogate parents, he is faced with a dilemma when his real parents show up and want him back.

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

30 April 1953 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Son Is Born See more »

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Production Co:

Union Film Enterprise See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While it lacks realism, it is a nice little film.
17 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is important because it stars, among other folks, Lee Jun Fan. Who is Lee? He later became known as Bruce Lee--yes, THAT Bruce Lee! Apart from that, it's a rather unremarkable morality tale--with a strong emphasis on teaching a moral lesson to the viewer. In many ways, it's like an old fashioned Horatio Alger tales.

The story begins with a lady coming to the hospital to give birth. However, she's unmarried and was impregnated by her sleazy boss--a man who then dumped her. She cannot take care of the child and leaves it with the doctor. He agrees to raise the boy and keeps him. However, when he marries a dreadful woman, he dumps the boy on his maid and he's raised by her. When she is murdered by her husband, he sells the kid--and so it goes for much of the film until eventually the boy is taken in by a very decent man and his nice wife. What's next, you'll just have to see for yourself.

The film is a chance to see a young Bruce Lee playing the boy, though several actors end up playing the same part. Overall, it's decent but a bit obvious and preachy--as if it's meant as a stern object lesson to the viewers. Mildly interesting.


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