In my late 30's, I did not see this film as a child. But, as I grew up in the late 60's in Hong Kong, the wonderful song; "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing", with it's enchanting melody must have made an indelible entry in my mind.
I first saw the film on AMC (American Film Classics). The on location scenes of 1950's Hong Kong, made me felt warmth all over, as I remembered again what Hong Kong was like, before the real estates tycoons invaded the landscape with towers. The lush green pastures, the narrowed crowded city streets flanked with 3 stories buildings with huge terraces, all made me recollect how Hong Kong was in those year round hot and humid days.
Although the love story is wonderful and I did get very emotional toward the end, the best part about the film; (at least for me), was the score, and the great love song, "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing". Who can argue with the idea that "..Love is natures way of giving a reason to be living.." and "..two lovers kissed and the world stood still..".
Very powerful and yet, ethereal stuff, indeed.