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Synopsis: Newsman Mark Elliott is an American war correspondent in Hong Kong, separated from his wife. During the closing days of the Chinese Civil War, he meets and pursues a beautiful Eurasian doctor, the widow of a Nationalist general. But when they begin to fall in love, their friends and her Chinese family pressure them to stop the cross-cultural relationship.
Director(s): Henry King, Otto Lang
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
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102 min

Tell me about Mark Elliott.

Don't know much. He's a newspaperman.

Been around a couple of months.

A reporter. Why?

He's invited me to dinner.

- Accepting?

- I haven't decided.

- He's married, Suyin.

- So are you, John, and I go out with you.

I happen to be in love with my wife. He isn't.

And how do you know so much?

Hong Kong is a small place.

Well, I dislike being a small person.

I'm not remotely interested in Mr Elliott.

I doubt if he'll call anyhow.

(phone rings)

- Dr Han here.

- Are you on duty Wednesday?

I have Wednesday afternoons off.

Good. It's the night of the Moon Festival.

Will you have dinner with me?

- Where can I pick you up?

- Well...

I'll meet you at the staff entrance

of the hospital at six.

- You're wearing European clothes.

- My European side is going out with you.

- I don't suppose you'd change?

- I certainly would not.

- I love the dress you had on the other day.

- I'll make you a present of it.

- So you're a reporter?

- Please, a correspondent.

- What's the difference?

- About a hundred dollars a week.

(chattering in Cantonese)

The sky is clear.

It is a good omen for the Moon Festival.

I arranged a full moon for you.

I arranged a full moon for you.

- Have you ever been in Peking?

- Many times.

Do you know that in Peking, the moon

is larger than anyplace else in the world?

Now, that's very unscientific.

It's the same size everywhere.

Oh, no. The moon is larger in Peking.

Much larger than in Hong Kong and London.

All right, if you insist.

When were you in Peking last?

I was studying at

the University of Peking in 1939.

I'd left by then. I was in England in 1939.

Where were you in 1940?

- Italy.

- I was in Malaya.

It seems that destiny never put us

anywhere together at the same time.

Perhaps destiny intends

something for us at last.

Oh, I don't think so.

I don't think destiny intends anything for us.

Of that I'm quite sure.

(firecrackers exploding)


- What's all the noise about?

- A cloud has threatened the moon.

We must make a great noise

to frighten it away,

or the year will be unfavourable.

- You don't really believe that, do you?

- Of course.

If we didn't believe the unbelievable,

what would happen to faith?

(firecrackers continue)

You see, the cloud was frightened away.

It is a good omen.

I wonder if there are men on the moon

who celebrate an Earth Festival

and shout to keep the clouds away from us.

I should like to think so.

That's Maxwell Luderman

over there, the industrialist.

He's just back from Beiping.

I've been trying to get to him for a statement.

Is he really the third-richest

man in the world?


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