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The Peach Girl


This drama, The Peach Girl (1931), stars a young Ruan Ling-yu.

To watch this film is to discover the charms that made Ling-yu a star. Her face is quite expressive and when she smiles, the screen lights up.

Ruan Ling-yu was a revered actress of the late Chinese silent era, who won popular acclaim for her work in a series of social dramas. Unable to cope with life, Ling-yu committed suicide in 1935 at the age of 24. — Carl Bennett

2006 DVD edition

The Peach Girl (1931), black & white, 88 minutes, not rated.

Guangzhou Beauty Culture Communication Company,
ISRC CN-E22-06-007 4-0/V.J9, UPC 8-83629-12452-0.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, Chinese and English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 1 December 2006.
Country of origin: China

This Chinese DVD edition has been mastered from a good to very-good 16mm reduction print, which was copied from a 35mm print that shows early signs of nitrate decomposition. The biggest issue with this disc is that a substantial portion of the left and bottom of the picture has been matted out (see below), which makes reading intertitles difficult.

Another disappointment of this edition is that the film is presented without a musical score.

If you need a copy of this film right away then you could pick-up this edition, but we suspect that it might be worthwhile waiting for a higher-quality edition to be released.

USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other CHINESE FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
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