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Romance of the Western Chamber (1927 film)

Romance of the Western Chamber
1927 Chinese movie poster
Directed by Hou Yao
Written by Hou Yao
Wang Shifu
Cinematography Liang Linguang
Lai Man-Wai
Studio Minxin Film Company (Shanghai)
Release date(s) 8 September 1927 (Hangzhou Theater, China)[1]
2007 (USA)
Running time 42 min. (orig.)
45 min. (2007 DVD release)
Country China
Language Silent film
Written Chinese and French intertitles

Romance of the Western Chamber (Chinese: 西廂記; pinyin: xīxiāngjì) is a 1927 silent Chinese film drama directed by Hou Yao.

The film is an adaption of the classic Chinese dramatic work Romance of the West Chamber by Wang Shifu.

Originally consisting of ten film reels, only 5 reels have survived.[1]

The 2007 USA DVD release by Cinema Epoch has an additional original musical score composed by Toshiyuki Hiraoka.



  • Lin Chuchu - as Ying Ying, the daughter of the late Prime Minister
  • Li Dandan - as Hung Niang, a servant of Ying Ying
  • He Minzhuang (M. C. Noo) - as madame Cui, the mother of Ying Ying
  • T. K. Kar - as wise student Chang Kung
  • Tsao Yao Dein - as an old monk Fa Pen
  • Lee Wha Ming/Li Huamin - as Sung Fei Fu (Tiger Sun), the bandit king
  • Lu Ying Lang/Li Yinlan - as monk Wei Hing, the messenger with staff
  • Ge Cijiang - as Zhang Gong
  • Wang Longxi - as clever monk
  • Hu Chichang - as the White Horse General
  • Zhu Yaoting - as the stupid monk
  • Huang Ke - as the boy servant


Further reading

  • Harris K. (1999) "The Romance of the Western Chamber and the Classical Subject Film in 1920s Shanghai." In: Zhang Y. (ed.) Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999. pp. 51–73.

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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