Records and films

The record companies producing Canto pop music were, in comparison with those in Mando and Western pop, relatively modest in scale. However together with the prolific industry for Cantonese films, they extended the reach of Canto pop music, and gave the latter a notable presence in radio broadcast.

Towards the latter half of the 1950s, ‘youth’ became a tangible, lived experience for the post-war baby boomers. Films helped to project the imaginations of youth, and perceptibly shifted popular focus to Western culture. In 1959, Wong Jum-sum made his first appearance in Hong Kong film (albeit in a unnoticeable cameo), stepping right into this fermenting furore about youth, popular sound, and common imagination.

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