MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 43,027 this week

Qing cheng zhi lian (1984)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 130 users  
Reviews: 2 user

A cynical playboy pursues an introverted divorcee in the decadent Hong Kong on the eve of the Japanese invasion.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Top 10 TV Shows

Brooke Anderson from "Entertainment Tonight" and Melanie McFarland take a look at the Top 10 TV Shows of 2014 in our new series "IMDb Countdown".

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 20 titles
created 20 Oct 2010
 
a list of 43 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 215 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 
a list of 214 titles
created 14 Oct 2013
 
list image
a list of 109 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Qing cheng zhi lian (1984)

Qing cheng zhi lian (1984) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Qing cheng zhi lian.
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

July Rhapsody (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Yiu-Kwok is a high school teacher, having a perfect family. Good times don't last long, when a student, Choy-Nam, falls in love with him. For dealing with a relationship with Mr. Seng, a ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Jacky Cheung, Anita Mui, Kar Yan Lam
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The film has been made after a popular novel that is devoted to the everyday work of a drug police team. The protagonist is a courageous police woman whose relations with three men in her ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Wei Zhao, Nicholas Tse, Yunlong Liu
City on Fire (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Yueh Sun
Fung gip (1979)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A real murder case which was complicated by the minage ' trois relationship of the victim and the main suspects. As different witnesses narrated their conflicting stories, the case seemed ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Sylvia Chang, Angie Chiu, Norman Chu
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In San Francisco, an immigrant Chinese widow welcomes the new year with some unhappiness: she's 62 now, she wants to make a trip to China to pay last respects to her ancestors, a fortune ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Laureen Chew, Kim Chew, Victor Wong
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Hsu Chieh, Wing-Tuen Chow, Tze-Tung Kuo
A Simple Life (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Andy Lau, Deannie Yip, Hailu Qin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After the Sino-Japanese War, Kwei Dz, one of the family members of Japanese soldiers accepted a Chinese officer's proposal and remained in China. Later they had a daughter named Ann. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Siu-Kwong Chung, Tan Lang Jachi Tian
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story is based on the popular novel developed from folk legend. It goes that the Manchurian emperor Qianlong of China (circa 18th Century) was actually the son of a Han Chinese, the ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Nuo Ai, Shichang Da, Jie Deng
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Hee Ching Paw, Chun-lung Leung, Cheuk Man Au
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Directors: Changwei Gu, Ann Hui, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Hyo-jin Kong, Kang-sheng Lee, Yan Lianke
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An unemployed hairdresser and a strange nurse, meet at a club and start a romance. Since meeting her, the young man encounters unexplained things which she says are spirits she can see. ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Eason Chan, Qi Shu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Fan Liu-Yuan (as Chow Yun Fat)
Cora Miao ...
Pai Liu-So
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerry Barnett
Chiao Chiao ...
Wife of Liu-So's fourth brother
Szu-Ying Chien
Chuan Chin
Wai Yee Chin ...
Liu-So's youngest sister
King-fai Chung ...
Mr. Hsu
Jovy Coudrey ...
Princess Saheiyini
Gongbi Deng
Mary Garlick
Chung Ping Geung ...
Liu-So's third brother
Michael Harley
Jack Holloway
Man Huang ...
Liu-So's mother
Edit

Storyline

A cynical playboy pursues an introverted divorcee in the decadent Hong Kong on the eve of the Japanese invasion.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 August 1984 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Eine Liebe in Hongkong  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Fan Liu-Yuan: When looking at Hsu's green raincoat when picking her up from the port: Your raincoat looks like a medicine jar.
Fan Liu-Yuan: After a short pause: You are my medicine.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Love in a Fallen City (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A little bit of history
10 February 2005 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

The "fallen city" is Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in WWII, but most of the story revolves around the time just before the actual falling. While the plush hotel at Repulse Bay where most of the story takes place has been restored and still carries its colonial flavor, the story belongs to another time. This was a time when Pai Liu-So (Cora Miao), a divorcée approaching thirty, was frowned upon for being way ahead of her time. "Don't think legal papers of divorce would give you the right to everything", yells her brother who took her back into her family (together with her money that he quickly lost in reckless speculation in the stock market), "laws are made and unmade every day. It's traditions that really count".

Fan Liu-yuan (Chow Yun-fat), a westernized, financially successful playboy whom she encounters in Shanghai and then again in Hong Kong sees in her the "perfect Chinese woman". Most of the story takes place at the hotel in Hong Kong where Pai accompanies generous family friends on a trip. Typically helpless and introvert, scantily educated Pai nevertheless is witty and proud, enough so to deeply attract Fan, who idealizes her despite his abundant experience with women. Pai, who would probably make a successful professional or business woman at a different time in a different place, is practical and looks for a secured relationship in marriage. The seesaw between them goes on until the war and the fall of Hong Kong, when struggling for survival finally brings their souls together, so to speak.

Brought back as one of the week-long Valentine TV specials, Love in a Fallen City is not one of the sweet romances along the line of You've Got Mail or Sleepless in Seattle. It's from a troubled era when western influence challenged traditional values. Even more unique is the pre-WWII colonized world of Hong Kong. Director Ann Hui captures all these elements while moving along this love story that would have been so natural, but for an uncertain, changing world that warped everything.

Miao has the air of silent defiance that is perfect for the role of Pai. A recent stage production of the story, however, portrayed Pai's character as more positive and cheerful, which I like even better. Chow has all the charm and flamboyance needed to make Fan believable. The excellent rapport between them further confirms the great casting job.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Qing cheng zhi lian (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?