My impression and thoughts from the film:
A girl who grew up less fortunate than the rest, pretends and try hard to fit into the world. The only value she holds is saving herself for the one true love. Although a street girl, brought up to entertain sailors to earn enough money, she determines to find a man with a big heart and kind soul - someone who could take care of her. And although she does everything wrong, she did one thing right - giving everything she had for the one man who feels the same. And there, she finds happiness, regardless of circumstances. A good film from the 60s. Slightly thought provoking, to a modern Chinese girl, I suppose.
I read this book a while ago, perhaps two summers ago in Malaysia, borrowed from Sarawak Club library. I always prefer to read Asian written books. It’s not racism. There is always something about the Asian culture and the way they think. I love it. It’s captivating almost. It explains a lot about my parents and grandparents. I explains a lot about how I was thought to think and behave. And my gosh, it made a lot of difference. It’s so different from the Western mindset. We (I’m Chinsese) have to think about “losing face” before persecuting an action. There are issues that are trivial to the Western world, but at large to the Asian culture. Morality, Sex, Love, and all the values you could ever think of is held very highly in the Asian culture. And I hate to put it this way, but in my honest opinion, the Western culture seem to be very loose in this area, where morality, sex and love is just… a figment of an “immature person’s” dream.
Starred by Nancy Kwan and William Holden, written by Richard Mason.