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Half Cigarette (1999)

Ban zhi yan (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | 1999 (Taiwan)
Pao Ge returns to Hong Kong after hiding out in Brazil to search for a girl he had a brief encounter with just to remember her face before his memory fades.


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Credited cast:
Roy 'Mountain Leopard'
Ah Nam
Third Sister
Brother Chai
Young Roy
Sam Lee ...
Young Nine Dragons
Smokey's Mother
Jo Kuk ...
Dee Dee
Wai-Man Chan ...
Nine Dragons
Vincent Kok
Wei Tung ...
Assassin (flashback)
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Roy comes back to Hong Kong after spending 30 years in Brazil. Despite having Alzheimer's, he holds a half smoked cigarette in his pack because it was a memento from the girl he loved. Upon arrival, he meets a rascal named Smokey, who is trying to find out who his father is and is always videotaping a policewoman, with who he has an infatuation for. The two form a lasting friendship as they try to help each other out in their quests. Written by Ninja01

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1999 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Metade Fumaca  »

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very underrated
27 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this film def. needs more exposure because of the great camera work and great acting. the story is subtle and action packed in different parts of the film and you will never forget several moments like the scene under the piano. each character has a special element to their persona, which adds more to this very under appreciated film. this was one of nicholas tse's first films, who is a HK "pop" star. although i sometimes doubt his acting abilities, i must say his performance in this film is extraordinary. also, the song he sang for the film fits perfectly with the feeling this film gives to his audience. eric tsang did his usual good job as a lackey who gets vindicated, and i thought the performances by sam lee and stephen fung were hilarious. don't like shu qi that much but her role is very symbolic more than important. this is a film not to be missed, so go on yesasia.com and buy it.

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