Mr. Zhu Shi Lin
(1899 - 1967)
Film director Zhu Shi-lin was a frequent moviegoer at his young age as his working place was just opposite the True Light Theatre in Beijing. In 1922, he worked as part-time translator for the theatre. In 1923, he joined Lo Ming-yau’s North China Amusement Company and headed the translation department. In 1930, despite his crippled legs, he made a short film on the rooftop of the theatre titled “A Suicide Agreement”(1930). That same year, he went to Shanghai to work as writer and manager at Lo Ming-yau’s United Photoplay Service Limited and began writing scripts. He started to direct films from 1934 onwards, his debut being “Coming Home” (1934). His film "Song of a Kind Mother" (1936) is considered a classic of Chinese cinema. Zhu came to Hong Kong in 1946 and directed "Sorrows of the Forbidden City" (1948) for Yung Hwa Motion Picture Studios. When Yung Hwa faced financial difficulties, he founded Loon-Ma Film Company with Fei Mu and made "Should They Marry?" (1951), "The Dividing Wall" (1952), etc. In 1954, he merged the company into Feng Huang Motion Picture Company and headed the artistic committee. Some of his signature works include “Between Husband and Wife” (1958) and “Garden of Repose” (1964). Besides directing films and writing scripts, Zhu also trained young talents in directing and scripting.