Overnight, the sexy Wei Ming will become a successful novelist. But, desperate to get the money that she needs to cure her little daughter (and harassed by a rich, unscrupulous rake), she ... See full summary »
| Analogous to the writings of authors such Herzen and Chernyshevsky.
I watched this movie because I really enjoyed the lead actress, Lingyu Ruan, in an earlier film called The Goddess. It is a very late silent film, which I guess would be due to the distribution issues involved with releasing a talkie in a country where so many different dialects are spoken. Oddly enough though, the version I watched actually did have an audio track, with not only music and sound effects, but dubbed over intertitles as well. Anyway, Lingyu Ruan's acting was once again really outstanding and I thought that this was overall a better film than The Goddess. It tells the story of Wei Ming, a feminist intellectual trying to make an independent living in a nearly completely male chauvinistic society. She has one enlightened male friend who is trying to help her get her book published, but she is surrounded by misogynistic men who only want to use and degrade her. Once her daughter falls ill with leukemia things go from bad to worse, and though I don't want to completely spoil the ending, it is not a happy one at all. The relevance of that this film had at the time is reflected in how grimly foreboding it was of the lead actress' own fate. Going into acting was one of the few ways women could make an independent living during this time, sadly Ruan and quite a few actresses would end up just like Wei Ming.