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An Autumn's Tale (1987)
"Chou tin dik tong wah" (original title)

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Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise cabbie cousin takes care of her in the big city


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Cast overview:
Samuel Pang (as Chow Yun Fat)
Cherie Chung ...
Danny Chan Bak-Keung ...
Gigi Wong Suk Yee ...
Mrs. Sherwood (as Gi-Gi Wong)
Fu-sheng Wu ...
Yung-cho Ching ...
Man Huang ...
Jennifer's Mother
Ming-Suen Jeng ...
Anna Sherwood
Brenda Lo ...
May-Chu May
George G. Colucci ...
NYU Law Student (as George Gerard)
Ozzy Kid ...
Gang Leader


Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise cabbie cousin takes care of her in the big city Written by L.H. Wong <>

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16 July 1987 (Hong Kong)  »

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Chou tin dik tong wah  »

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Samuel Pang: You talk all yes talk, I talk all no talk!
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Written by Ted Lo, Winnie Yu, and Chan Siu-Kei
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Warm, sweet story.
7 August 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A warm, sweet film about the love between a simple man and a shy young woman adjusting to life outside her family and upbringing. Very understated with many touching and funny moments.

A young woman named Jennifer leaves Hong Kong to study in the USA with her boyfriend. Upon her arrival she meets "Figurehead", who is watching out for his "4th aunt's 13th cousin". Jennifer is cultured and refined, 180 degrees away from Figgy as he is called, a former sailor who is now a waiter in Chinatown. Though he is crude and uncouth he is faithful and kind, unlike Jennifer's cheating boyfriend.

After seeing her through homesickness, a bit of culture shock and a broken heart, Figgy falls for Jennifer... but of course there are complications and that's basically what this movie is about: the complexities of love.

Chow Yun-Fat gives a great performance as Figgy - while he is often lauded for his action roles, he is under-appreciated as a dramatic and comedic actor. Cherie Chung is superlative as usual.

This film won Best Picture at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 1988, and Chow and Chung were both nominated as Best Actor and Actress, respectively.

A beautifully shot film, directed with style and humanity. Good for the entire family.

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