The Arch (1968)

Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - China  |  
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The directorial debut of young Chinese director Shu Shuen, The Arch is the story of an 18th-century army captain and a lonesome young widow who meet when they reach for a cricket and their fingers touch. The woman is a schoolteacher, well respected by the village to the point that the town has commissioned an arch in honor of her chastity. The captain and the widow's daughter meet, fall in love and marry, leaving the town to use money granted by the Emperor to build the arch in honor of the now-alone virtuous widow. This feature appeared at the 1968 San Francisco Film Festival where the touching love story was well received.

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captain [military], daughter, love, love-triangle, mother, schoolteacher, widow/widower