In 1930s Shanghai, a young office girl falls in love with a factory worker in the same company.

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Shen Shijun
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Gu Manzhen
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Gu Manlu
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Zhu Hongcai
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Shi Cuizhi
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Xu Shuhui
Zhiwen Wang ...
Yu Jin
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Qi Chen ...
Manzhen's grandmother
Lian Duan ...
Shuhui's father
Jun Jiang ...
Shijun's father
Changwei Liu ...
Fang Yipeng
Jing Lu ...
Wen Xian
Yunfang Wu ...
Manjing's mother
Haohong Xu ...
Ah Bao
Yindi Zhang ...
Shijun's mother
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Storyline

Factory worker Shijun encounters an office girl, Manjing, as they work in the same company together. Manjing's sister, Manlu, is a dance hostess who works to support her family, and who marries a rich client. Shijun belongs to a well-to-do family of merchants in Nanjing. They fall in love, but a tragic turn of events shatters their happiness. Written by Anonymous

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12 September 1997 (Hong Kong)  »

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Half Life Fate  »

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Although she spoke the language, this is the first and only film in which all of Anita Mui's lines were done in Mandarin. See more »

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Version of Affair of Half a Lifetime (2003) See more »

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Half Life Fate
Music by Kuo-lun Huang
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Leon Lai
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Good story spoiled by bad production
28 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Joint production by Hong Kong and China, which spelled the doom of the film. Famous actors such as You Ge from mainland China, where the film was shot, and produced, for the sake of cost reduction. However, as other mentioned, the Chinese standard of production is not up to the standard and thus ruined a good script and cast.


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