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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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Release Date:

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 Eva & Adam: En kille som har allt (2000) See more »

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A Romantic Classic About 1997
12 July 2000 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Recently, I have seen "Comrade, Almost A Love Story" again and again on VCD. Absolutely more than a love story. Peter Chan perfectly revealed the problems that Hong Kong people were confronted with in the ten years before China took over Hong Kong in a very romantic manner. Nothing too measured could be found. A style very unique. The movie itself was very moving and gave me a heartfelt feeling which was very difficult to be found in other movies. Something also praiseworthy was the performance of Maggie Cheung. Indeed next-to-perfect and her smile in the ending was very impressive. Undoubtedly a classic of Hong Kong Cinema in 90's and absolutely a must-see.

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