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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pao Au-Yeung
Kristy Yang ...
XiaoTing Li
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ...
Aunt Rosie
Yu Ting ...
George (as Yue Ding)
Michelle Gabriel ...
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


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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2 November 1996 (Hong Kong)  »

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Did You Know?


"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 »


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 »


Referenced in Running Man: Xun zhao qian shi qing lü (2014) See more »

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something to remember
21 August 2002 | by (hongkong) – See all my reviews

Only the few of those movies about 1997 I find interesting and this movie is the one among them, and perhaps also the best among them. Through a love story, it shows something people should remember about hongkong before 1997. It's not a job that documentary can do well because the emphasis here is on emotion. Maggie Cheung performs very well in this movie and the role she plays successfully shows some typical values of hongkong in the past. Deep down what she values above all else is emotion although she looks crazy for money. Her going to New York is the part very moving. Peter Chan very often has a kind of "soft" power guiding audience to enter into the story and this power is applied perfectly in this movie. Several years have passed since the first time I saw this movie, and therefore I think I can give a sufficiently fair verdict - it's a real classic. Don't miss it. 10/10

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