Love involves a blend of chemistry, which was displayed when American war correspondent William Holden met Eurasian doctor Jennifer Jones in Hong Kong. It was the kind of romantic setting for love to bloom. The beach at Repulse Bay is shown in its idyllic splendor, as well the breathtaking mountain top view of Victoria Peak, which Tennessee Williams called his favorite world site. Love inspires song, and the title song, also called "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," won a highly deserved Oscar and has remained a world classic.
Twentieth Century Fox assigned the most prolific director in the history of the studio, the talented Henry King, to the project, and he delivered with highly favorable results, keeping the story moving at the right pace while utilizing the magnificent scenery of Hong Kong. While the film is classifiable as a love story, an interesting aspect involves the adjustment problems encountered by Jones as a Eurasian, trying to blend into a sociological picture where Chinese and largely British elements fraternized with their own, with individuals falling into both the Oriental and European categories, such as the case here, being frequenty shunned by both groups.
While the film ends on the sad note of Holden's death while covering the Korean War, Jones' strength is displayed as she remembers the man she loved while vowing to endure. Jones accordingly generates admiration for her survivor status as well as her capacity to love correctly.