A Countess from Hong Kong

A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Jan 13, 1967  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   MPAA Rating - G
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A Countess from Hong Kong is a 1967 British comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin and starring Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Tippi Hedren and Sydney Earle Chaplin, Chaplin's third son. It was the last film directed, written, produced and scored by Chaplin, and one of two films Chaplin directed in which he did not play a major role (the other was 1923's A Woman of Paris), as well as his only color film. Chaplin's cameo marked his final screen appearance.

The story is based loosely on the life of a woman Chaplin met in France, named Moussia Sodskaya, or "Skaya" as he calls her in his 1922 book, My Trip Abroad. She was a Russian singer and dancer who "was a stateless person marooned in France without a passport". The idea, according to a press release written by Chaplin after the movie received a negative reception, "resulted from a visit I made to Shanghai in 1931 where I came across a number of titled aristocrats who had escaped the Russian Revolution. They were destitute and without a country, their status was of the lowest grade. The men ran rickshaws and the women worked in ten-cent dance halls. When the second World War broke out many of the old aristocrats had died and the younger generation migrated to Hong Kong where their plight was even worse, for Hong Kong was overcrowded with refugees."

It was originally started as a film called Stowaway in the 1930s, planned for Paulette Goddard, but production was never completed. This resulting film, created nearly 30 years after its inception, was a critical failure and grossed US$2,000,000 from a US$3,500,000 budget. However, it did prove to be extremely successful in Europe and Japan. In addition, the success of the music score was able to cover the budget.

Critics such as Tim Hunter and Andrew Sarris, as well as the poet John Betjeman and the director François Truffaut viewed the film as being among Chaplin's best works. Actor Jack Nicholson is also a big fan of the film.

The film's theme music, written by Chaplin, became the hit song "This Is My Song" for Petula Clark—a UK no. 1 and US no. 3.

Movie Info

Budget

$3,500,000

Themes

Tags

British, Charlie Chaplin, Hong Kong

Attributes

Filming Location: Pinewood Studios
Narrative Location: Hong Kong, Honolulu, Pacific Ocean
Subject: human bonding, immigration to the United States, marital breakdown, Russians in Hong Kong, statelessness, White émigré
Time Period: 1960s

Alternate Titles

A Condessa de Hong Kong
BR, PT
A Countess From Hong Kong
A Countess from Hong Kong
GB, US
A hongkongi grófnő
HU
Contesa din Hong Kong
RO
Die Gräfin von Hongkong
DE
Een gravin van Hongkong
NL
Grafienė iš Honkongo
LT
Grevinden fra Hong Kong
DK
Grevinnan från Hong Kong
SE
Grevinnen fra Hong Kong
NO
Hong Kong'lu kontes
TR
Hong Kongin kreivitär
FI
Hrabenka z Hongkongu
CZ
Hrabina z Hongkongu
PL
I komissa apo to Hong-Kong
GR
Kontesi Az Hong Kong
IR
La comtesse de Hong Kong
CA
La comtesse de Hong-Kong
FR
La condesa de Hong Kong
ES
La contessa di Hong Kong
IT
Una condesa de Hong Kong
AR, CO, MX, VE
Η κόμισσα από το Χονγκ Κονγκ
GR
Графиня з Гонконгу
UA
Графиня из Гонконга
RU
Графинята от Хонконг
BG
홍콩에서 온 백작
KR