in about 100 words or less
US 102m, Colour
Director: Henry King; Cast: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom, Murray Matheson
Adapted from the 1952 autobiographical novel by Han Suyin, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing is a love story between a married American reporter a widowed “Eurasian” doctor whose traditional values are firmly established with her family living in mainland China. Set in Hong Kong at the midpoint of the 20th century, the film is perhaps more interesting for its exploration of sociocultural differences of the time, and the uncertain political future of the region. Badly dated, with a celebrated main musical theme that is overused, the script’s repeated references to the doctor’s mixed heredity seem unabashedly intended as a reminder to socially conservative white audiences that Jennifer Jones was actually an a woman of Asian descent (Klaus Ming April 2014).