星星、月亮、太陽(上)
Sun, Moon and Star (Part 1) (1961)


Reviewed by: Stephe
Date: 01/27/2011

Sun, Moon and Star is an epic love story in two parts, taking
place before, during and after the Sino-Japanese war. Zhang Yang
falls in love with poor neighbor Lucilla You Min, then with his
wealthy cousin Grace Chang, then with Chinese nationalist Julie Yeh
Feng, but it's Julie Yeh Feng that he's really hung up on, leading
him to join the military just to track her down. He's a foolhardy,
smitten sap. Grace eventually learns about Lucilla, takes pity on
her, and virtually adopts her, and both women serve in the war in
one capacity or another. At one point, the destinies of all three
women interlap, but the meeting is brief. Like his character in The
Wild, Wild Rose, Zhang Yang can't get one woman (Julie Yeh Feng, in
this case) out of his head, and makes himself and everyone else
miserable for it. Were it not for his character's over-the-top
thickheadedness, this two-parter would have been a classic. Lucilla
You Min is outstanding in this film, even better than in Her Tender
Heart, and won the Golden Horse Best Actress award for her efforts.
Highly recommended for the three actresses' performances and hours
of quality drama, despite the fact that Zhang Yang's character casts
a pall over much of the film.

8 stars for part one, and 7 stars for part two.