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Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996)

Tian mi mi (original title)
Two Chinese-mainlanders living in Hong Kong form a close friendship. Over the years this grows into love, but there are obstacles.

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Pao Au-Yeung
Kristy Yang ...
XiaoTing Li
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Jeremy
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ...
Yan
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Aunt Rosie
Yue Ding ...
George
Michelle Gabriel ...
Cabbage
Jane Choi ...
Yan's Friend at Barbeque
Gine Lui ...
Travel Agency Owner
Heather Traber ...
U.S. Immigration Officer
Len Berdick ...
U.S. Immigration Officer
Robin Gold ...
U.S. Immigration Officer
Bobby Yip ...
Pao's Thug
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Jun arrives in Hong Kong from mainland China, hoping to be able to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend back home. He meets the streetwise Qiao and they become friends. As friendship turns into love, problems develop, and although they seem meant for each other they somehow keep missing out. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Trivia

"Tian Mimi" is also the name of the song played throughout the film sung by Teresa Teng. The literal translation is "Sweet Honey" but figuratively, it means a good, warm, loving, close relationship. See more »

Goofs

It is wrong for XiaoJun Li, a mainlander to refer to his not-yet-married girlfriend XiaoTing as "AiRen" which means "wife" to Mainland Chinese (at least at the time of the movie) but means "lover" to HK and Taiwan Chinese. See more »

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Referenced in McDull, the Alumni (2006) See more »

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Astonishingly Romantic and Realistic
13 June 1999 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

This movie is much more than a conventional romance, with the typical meet-cute sequence and plot-convenient obstacles that get neatly resolved. I'm thinking of the typical American Meg-Ryan-Julia-Roberts movie, where everyone is inexplicably wealthy, no one has any real problems, and all the "wrong" boy/girl-friends are shrews or dorks ... so the audience has nothing to do but wait for the inevitable and unrealistic end.

This movie represents some other real-life complications, such as coping without a lot of money, and shows the characters struggling with, and taking responsibilities for, their relationships and commitments.

The two leads, Maggie Cheung & Leon Lai, are terrific. Also wonderful is the supporting performance by Eric Tsang as Pao Au-Yeung. This is a thoughtful and beautiful movie about real people and real love.


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