Encountering the Idol… Again: A Tribute to Cantonese Opera Legend Yam Kim-Fai

Why We Recommend it

This weekend-long programme, presented by the Hong Kong Film Archive, will screen three movies from the mid 1950s and early 60s starring renowned Cantonese opera actress Yam Kim-fai.


Yam Kim-fai (1912 – 1989), also known as Ren Jian, was a Cantonese opera idol in Hong Kong and Mainland China. She is best remembered for her unique ability to sing in the lower register, making her opera voice indistinguishable from a male one. This allowed Yam to play either male or female roles, though she usually performed male ones.

To commemorate the 28th-year anniversary of Yam’s passing, the Hong Kong Film Archive will bring three digitally restored classics back to the silver screen: The gut-wrenching tale of love and sacrifice Tenth Madam To Sinks Her Treasure Chest in Anger (1956), that tells the story of an aspiring scholar who falls in love with a famous courtesan; The Unroyal Prince (1960), a story based on a renowned opera about a prince who has fallen in love with a palace girl, and Law Shing at the Gate (1962), a martial arts opera film inspired by the folk legends of Sui-Tang era warrior Law Shing.


When: 25 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017 Where: Hong Kong Film Archive Cinema – 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho – Eastern District