The World of Suzie Wong
- 2 hr 6 min
The World of Suzie Wong is a 1960 romantic movie, starring William Holden, as Robert Lomax, an architect who quits his office job, to be an artist. He moves to Hong Kong to paint, on a limited budget. He encounters beautiful, upper class, heiress, Mee Ling (Nancy Quan), on the Star Ferry, going to Hong Kong Island. Later Lomax is surprised, to see Mee Ling in the notorious Wan Chai district, departing from a low class hotel. Lomax rents a room in the hotel, for a month, amazing the proprietor, who normally rents his rooms hourly. Lomax soon finds out the normal business conducted at the hotel, and runs into Mee Ling, who is really called Susie Wong, in the bar next to the hotel, accompanying a sailor. She freely admits that she is a prostitute. When Lomax visits a bank, to set up an account, the bankers daughter, Kay O'Neill, who is also the banks secretary, finds him attractive, and friendship develops between them. The interactions between Robert Lomax, Suzie Wong, and Kay O’Neil are an interesting study in cross cultural relationships, and are interspersed with interesting and beautiful shots of Hong Kong. This movie was popular when it was released in 1960s, when multicultural, and multiracial romances were less common, and usually met with disapproval. Suzie Wong is portrayed with sympathy, unlike many portrayals of women in her profession, in the early 1960s.