Song at Midnight- -
In this Chinese version of The Phantom of the Opera, the mysterious Song Danping terrorizes the newly rebuilt opera house and its young star.
Song Danping, a revolutionary involved in theater activities, falls in love with Li Xiaoxia, the daughter of a wealthy landlord, but is mutilated and disfigured by the bully Tang Jun and hides on the theater’s roof, and more than ten years later, he fights to the death with his enemy Tang Jun to help Xiaoou, an actor in a similar situation as himself.
Watch Song at Midnight (1937)
Ma-Xu Weibang directed the 1937 film Song at Midnight. Song at Midnight is a remake/adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, except the film introduces a strong political subplot involving the leftist revolutionary movement to the original narrative.
Gu Menghe, Zhou Wenzhu, and Jin Shan appear as the deformed anti-hero Song Danping. During the war, Ma-Xu created one sequel to Song at Midnight in 1941. Both films were re-released in the West in 1998 at the Udine Far East Film Festival. The film has since been presented at several film festivals across the world, most notably at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival’s “Secret History of Chinese Cinema” retrospective.