Shui Huo Yuanyang (1924) 水火鸳鸯 (A Couple Through Water and Fire)
Dalu (Mainland). B&W. Silent. 10 reels. Premiered December 8, 1924 at the Olympic Theater in Shanghai. Direction: Cheng Bugao. Screenplay: Zhou Shoujuan. Cinematography: Zhang Weitao. Cast: Wang Manli, Wang Xiaoda, Lu Yunzhen.
A young man devoted to painting rescues a girl who has fallen from a boat into a river, then later saves some valuable heirlooms when a fire breaks out in her family's home. The young couple fall in love, but her father opposes their marriage unless and until the young man succeeds in some other career. He applies himself to business, is successful, and the father approves the match.
While this very ordinary story seems to have little to recommend it, the film is notable because of its casting: all roles in the film were portrayed by child actors, averaging about 10 years of age.