Golden Gate Girl

Golden Gate Girl, also known as Tears in San Francisco or Jinmen Nü is a Hong Kong drama film made in San Francisco in 1941, directed by Esther Eng and veteran filmmaker Kwan Man Ching, the film was released in San Francisco but wasn't shown in Asia until 1946. The film is notable as it marked the film debut of Bruce Lee, just an infant at the time.[1]

Golden Gate Girl
MandarinJīn Mén Nǔ
CantoneseGam1 Mun4 Neoi2
Directed byEsther Eng, Kwan Man Ching
Written byKwan Man Ching
Produced byCharlie Low
StarringWong Hok Sing, Bruce Lee, Tso Yee Man
CinematographyJ. Sunn
Edited byKwan Man Ching
Release date
  • 27 May 1941 (1941-05-27)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryHong Kong

It tells of a widower (Moon Kwan) who is concerned that his daughter, Chain-ying (Tso Yee-man), spends too much time at the theater. When she falls in love with Wong, one of the company's leading actors, the enraged widower forces the theater to close its contract with Wong, resulting in the actor's deportation to China. But Chain-ying is already pregnant and dies after giving birth to a baby girl (played by Bruce Lee- then aged three months). The widower's former employees look after the baby, who, like her mother, grows up (Tso Yee-man again) with a passion for the theater. After a series of complications, tears, and comic moments, she is eventually reunited with her father, Wong, when he visits the United States to perform in a national defense play (to aid China then at war), and they are finally reconciled with her aging, remorseful maternal grandfather.[2]

Stories about the making of Golden Gate Girl is reflected in a 2014 feature documentary titled Golden Gate Girls directed by S. Louisa Wei, who constructed the story around the life and time of woman film pioneer Esther Eng.[3]



  1. ^ HKcinemamagic
  2. ^ "Lost Films".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)