An Orphan on the Streets

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San Mao le petit vagabond

Watch an Orphan on the Streets

(San Mao liu lang ji)

by Zhao Ming Yan Gong



San Mao le petit vagabond

Director: Zhao Ming Yan Gong

Script: Yang Han-sheng

Cinematographer: Zhu Jin-ming, Han Zhong-liang

Editor: Fu Zhen-yi

Music: Wang Yun-jie

Cast: Wang Long-ji, Cheng Mo, Su Hong, Qian Fong, Guan Hong-da

Production: Studios Kunlun

Boomerang Productions
20 rue de la glacière
75013 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 1949

35 mm, B & W, 74 min
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

San Mao, which means ‘three short hairs’ in Chinese, is a young orphan who often has to suffer hunger and cold. Like his young friends, he tries to make a living with odd jobs (selling newspapers, helping rickshaws, picking up cigarette butts ...) but the underworld exploits him. He joins a group of young children who are as miserable as him, but very warm. On the celebration Day of Childhood, he realises there are two kinds of children, the rich ones and the others, and he belongs to the last category. He is living with a couple of thieves who give him food and clothing provided that he steals for them. Having no other way, he decides to sell himself to a childless rich family. Yet, he is not happy and during a party organised by his adoptive parents, he invites all his former friends from the street. He finally joins them. In May 1949, the communists soldiers enter Shangai. For San Mao and his friends, they are a new hope.

San Mao is the hero of the Chinese well known comic strip in Zhang Luo-ping China. The directors want to denounce the degeneration of Chinese society and its consecutive misery. The film, shot with a lot of love and compassion for the poor, is full of humour and derision..

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