Qifu (1924) 弃妇 (The Divorcee)
alternate English title: (Discarded Wife)
Changcheng (Great Wall) Film Co. B&W. Silent. 11 reels. Premiered December 22, 1924 at the Victoria Theater in Shanghai. Direction: Li Zeyuan, Hou Yao. Screenplay: Hou Yao, adapted from his stage play of the same name. Cinematography: Cheng Peilin. Principal cast: Wang Hanlun (Zhifang), Gan Yushi (Wang Qiwei), Hu Caixia (Cailan).
The scion of a a wealthy family takes a prostitute as his mistress, then divorces his wife Zhilan (Wang Hanlun), a young woman never accepted by the family because of her having an education. When she refuses to remain in the household as a servant, she is driven from the home, taking with her Cailan (Hu Caixia), a servant she had brought to the home as part of her dowry. Zhilan finds work at a publishing house, but her boss's constant harassment drives her to quit. She joins China's fledgling feminist movement, and becomes president of an association working for political rights for women. Then her ex-husband reappears, demanding she come back to him. When Zhilan refuses, he slanders her as having deserted him to join a rebel group. Her possessions are confiscated and she is forced to flee and hide out in the mountains. Finally, she falls seriously ill, and as the faithful Cailan holds her hand, Zhilan dreams of women having full political participation, then dies.