The Shepherd Girl (1965)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - China, Hong Kong  |  
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In this Chinese romantic melodrama, a young shepherdess falls in love with a boatman but cannot marry him as her father, a compulsive gambler, is deeply in debt. Another man offers to pay all of her father's bills if only she will marry him. She demurs, but then she sees the boatman acting kindly towards another woman and gets jealous. To get even, she begins cozying up to her potential benefactor. Fortunately, a helpful widow intervenes and tells her that she misunderstood what she saw. Later the brave boatman goes to sea to earn enough money to pay off the debts. Unfortunately he is gone so long that the poor girl thinks he has died. She finally agrees to marry the patient benefactor. As the wedding ceremony begins, the boatman finally returns. He then fights the other man and ends up kidnapping the girl. Romantic bliss ensues.

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courtship, debt, father, gambling, jealousy, love, love-conquers-all, marriage, marriage-arranged, mission [quest], mistake, romance, sea, shepherd, wedding, widow/widower