SKU 6737

THE GODDESS (Shen Nu) (1934)

Wu Yonggang Ruan Lingyu Zhang Zhizhi

An unnamed single mother works as a prostitute to support herself and her baby son in 1930s Shanghai. One night, fleeing from a police sweep, she runs into the room of a thug called, "the Boss", (who then forces her to have sex with him in exchange for hiding her from the police. She agrees and later, the Boss, with two of his henchmen, tracks her down and claims her as his own private property. From then on, he steals all her earnings to finance his gambling habit. The mother attempts to flee, to avoid him and find a respectable job, by moving to a new apartment. However, after pawning her jewelry to buy a toy for her son, she returns home to find out that the Boss has tracked her down again. He threatens her, frightening her by claiming to have sold her son and the mother decides to submit to him again to retrieve her son. While living with the thug, she secretly stashes her nights’ earnings behind a hole in the wall, in order to provide her son with an education. After years, she enrolls her son in a private school. But soon after, other kids at school begin to bully him and call him a "bastard" and the parents also learn that the boy's mother is a prostitute, which leads them to send reproachful letters to the school.

DVD-R has English intertitles with no subtitles. Approx. 73 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

play button