CHINA: The Razor's Edge

Shanghai Movie Producer Wu Hsin-tsai had a brilliant idea. He would produce a comedy about barbers; Shanghai's 50,000 barbers would flock to it; they would talk about it in their barbershops. If each mentioned it to ten customers, box-office returns at $10,000 CN per seat (about 20¢ U.S.) would be incalculable.

Tonsorial Tycoon. An audience of Shanghai barbers was especially invited to see Wu's Chia Feng Hsu Huang (The False Male Phoenix and the Counterfeit Female Phoenix) when it was previewed. To play the lead, Cambridge-educated Director Huang Zo-lin had engaged slinky Li...

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