Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing? (1984)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong, Taiwan  |  
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Melodramatic and maudlin by Western standards, this movie is about a poor bottle collector who finds an abandoned baby one morning and decides to raise her as his own child. While she is growing up, it becomes clear that she has an excellent singing voice, and by the time she is an adult, her talent is discovered and she is on her way to stardom. Her new lifestyle precludes visits to her adopted father and her friends, and as a series of tragedies occur, everyone suffers. Meanwhile, the father is getting older and rightly feels abandoned by his successful daughter -- with no apparent remedy to his unhappy situation.

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abandonment, adoption, baby, poverty, singer, stars [celebrities]