Many of the films of the '50's era and genre were partly travelogues, and this film is no exception. The opening aerial shots of Hong Kong harbour circa 1955, the streets scenes without extras, village and road scenes on the back of Victoria Island are not just for the Orientalist, but anyone interested in beautiful Cinemascope time-capsules of the past.
The color transfer to digital is acceptably good, with charming little chromatic glips on the scene cuts. Seen on a good HD system, these restored films are hugely better in quality than any cinema-goer in the 1950's would have had the opportunity to view.
Of course the love-plot is refreshingly restrained, and one wonders how closely the script follows the true biographical life of Dr. Han Suyin. There are also some marvelously un-PC lines "I became a doctor to help my people.... like all Chinese, I am spell-bound by my country".
A really sweet, touching almost haunting film from the time when movie makers still knew how to tell a story.