(aka "Zhang Bei" or "Cheung Booi" or "Elders")

 

directed by Lau Kar Leung
Hong Kong 1981

 

Set sometime in the early twentieth century, My Young Auntie tells the story of Jing Dai-Nan (the luminous Kara Hui Ying-Hung), a loyal student who marries her elderly master as a favor to him. Why? Well, for plot purposes, it’s important for Dai-Nan to take control of her master’s assets when he croaks (and he does) and keep them away from the dastardly Yu Wing-Sang (consummate Shaw baddie Johnny Wang Lung-Wei). Now newly widowed, it’s up to Dai-Nan to rightfully bestow her master’s property upon his most deserving, yet slightly meek nephew, Yu Jing-Chuen (Lau Kar-Leung). Thanks to Chinese custom, the fact that she’s the wife of a family elder--hasty as the marriage was--makes her a “senior” in the family hierarchy, a distinction she uses to her full advantage. Naturally, things get a little crazy when Jing-Chuen’s son, Ah Tao, returns home from school. Although she and Ah Tao (who’s rechristened himself “Charlie”) are about the same age, custom dictates that Ah Tao and his father must defer to “their young auntie”. Naturally, plenty of hijinks ensue.

One of the most memorable (and strangest) hijink-filled episodes of the film involves an elaborate masquerade ball/hoedown thrown by Ah Tao and his college buddies. Apparently, Ah Tao plans to use the ball as a chance to get back at Dai-Nan. How? Well, I’m not sure, but it involves Dai-Nan dressing up like Marie Antoinette, Ah Tao donning a Robin Hood costume, and Gordon Liu showing up to the party looking like a foppish French aristocrat. Oh, and some folks dress up as The Three Musketeers. And then suddenly three of the villains show up to the party dressed as Alexandre Dumas’s creations as well. Not surprisingly, a fight breaks out, and almost a decade before Xiong Xin-Xin served as stunt director for The Musketeer, Lau Kar-Leung gives us a taste of how cool Chinese-styled musketeer fencing can truly be. Lau choreographs the sequence in that old school Shaws style of fighting that, when done correctly as is the case here, still holds up today.

Excerpt from Sanjuro, LoveHKFilm.com

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Theatrical Release: July 1981

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DVD Review: Genius Products - Region 1 - PAL

Big thanks to Yunda Eddie Feng for the Review!

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Runtime 120 min
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.36 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 mono Mandarin Chinese, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono English
Subtitles Optional English, English SDH, Spanish
Features Release Information:
Studio: Genius Products

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• audio commentary by critics Andy Klein and Elvis Mitchell
• commentator biographies
• interview with scholars David Chute and Andy Klein
• interview with star Kara Hui
• stills gallery
• trailers

DVD Release Date: 19 June 2007
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Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

Video:
Harvey and Bob Weinstein are notorious for cutting up other people’s movies. Yet, here they are, giving viewers the chance to own excellent editions of martial-arts classics. While the movie shows its age via faded colors, this is not anyone’s fault. In fact, the print that was used for the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen video transfer shows off the movie’s cheesy glory (fake blood, some wires for tricky effects shots, obvious studio sets, bad background paintings, etc.). The video is slightly windowboxed, so there are thin black lines on the sides of the frame.

Audio:
Like the image, the audio shows the movie’s age with hollow punches and thuds. Yet, this is exactly the way that the movie was made, and the DVD preserves the original sonic feel with a Dolby Digital 2.0 mono Mandarin Chinese track.

You can watch the movie with a DD 2.0 mono English dub. Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles support the audio.

Extras:
Critics Andy Klein and Elvis Mitchell contributed an audio commentary in which they discuss how My Young Auntie updated the tradition of featuring female heroines as leads in martial-arts movies. There are commentator biographies for the aforementioned chatters. Scholars David Chute and Andy Klein further discuss the movie in an interview.

There’s an interview with star Kara Hui. You can also enjoy a stills gallery, trailers for other Shaw Brothers movies, and trailers for other Dragon Dynasty DVDs.

--Miscellaneous--
The DVD comes with a $3 coupon for any other Dragon Dynasty DVD.

 - Yunda Eddie Feng

 



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