Restored Asian Films
血染相思谷 (Blood Stains The Valley of Love)
Generally known as part of Kong Ngee’s “Nanyang Trilogy”, Blood Stains the Valley of Love is an interesting hybrid wenyi (literary)-thriller-ghost story film. It is framed throughout by a poetic voice-over narrated as a flashback by the young male protagonist, Yip, played by Patrick Tse.
The plot deals with the love of a young Malay woman, played by Molly Wu Kar, for a Chinese man (Patrick Tse), whose Mother warns him against consummating the romance for fear that the woman might cast a hex on him. When Yip informs his Malay lover that he is going to Hong Kong to visit his sick aunt, she becomes jealous and threatens to cast a hex on him, which has the power to bring about the death of any woman who falls in love with him. Supernatural melodrama ensues when Yip falls in love with his cousin, Ah Yi, (Patsy Kar Ling) back in Hong Kong.
Blood Stains the Valley of Love is audacious in both its unusual genre-crossing structure and in its treatment of interracial love and rivalry.
A Chinese man, Yip Ching (Patrick Tse Yin) and a Malay girl Solina (Molly Wu Kar) are two young people very much in love. However, Yip Ching’s mother disapproves of this inter-racial relationship. When Yip Ching plans to visit his aunt and cousins in Hong Kong, Solina’s insecurity causes her to threaten him with a curse. Yip Ching proceeds with his trip to Hong Kong, but Solina’s curse appears to come true in a series of unfolding tragedies. (Movie synopsis provided by the Asian Film Archive.)
Alternate Titles: Bloodshed In The Valley Of Love (US?)
Language: Yue (incl. Cantonese)
Original Production Country: Singapore / Malaya
Original Release Year: 1957
Original Distribution Company:
Production Company: Kong Ngee Film Company
Directors: Chun Kim 秦剑 & Chor Yuen 楚原
Other Credits: Cast: Patrick Tse Yin 谢贤, Keung Chung-ping 姜中平, Patsy Kar Ling 嘉玲, Lai Ming 麗明, Kong Suet 江雪, Molly Wu Kar 胡茄
Country Where Restored: Italy
Restoration Release Date: 1 January 2018
Country Restoration First Screened: Singapore
Lab Image Restored By: L’Immagine Ritrovata
Lab Audio Restored By: L’Immagine Ritrovata
Archive Partner(s) In Restoration: Asian Film Archive, Singapore
Restoration Funded By: Asian Film Archive
Restoration Premiere: To be screened