Reviewed by: Yellow Hammer
Summary: based on the book with the same name
This is a dramatized autobiography of Lucy Ching Man-Fai, a blind memoirist and social worker who is known as the Chinese Helen Keller, of which her book is the same title as the movie. Director Clifton Ko earlier had directed the critically acclaimed movie I Have A Date With Spring, and apparently decided to bring just about all of the actors and actresses for that movie onto this movie as well.
The movie begins during post World War II, circa 1948-1949 or so. Man-Fai, played by Alice Lau Ar-Lai is a blind girl trying to live a normal life. She is encourged tremendously by her maid Sister Wo, played brillantly by Hui Fan (for which she received a Best Actress Award nomination). However, the matriarch/grandmother of the family, (Law Koon-Lan) wants her to sell her and make her a songstress/beggar. But due to Man-Fai's perserverance, help from her brother and sister, and much help from her maid and a guy she meets at the radio station (David Wu), she manages to overcome all the stigma placed by the society of a blind girl.
A touching and inspirational movie. A different kind of HK movie, no violence, no martial arts, no comedy, no romance.