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The Miracle Box (2004)
"Tin chok ji hap" (original title)

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Joanna wanted to become a physician. After she meets Albert, a cancer survivor and fellow doctor, her life changes. Albert's cancer has returned. He encourages Joanna to carry on. He ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kwan-Ho Tse ...
Dr Albert Lau
Ada Choi ...
Dr Joanna Tse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ga Yee Chan ...
Albert's mom
Yat Ning Chan ...
Teenager outside curio shop
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Joanna's mom
Nelson Cheung ...
Curio shop owner
Maria Cordero ...
Curio shop owner's wife
Jin-Chi Hsiao
Chi-mei Lam ...
Joanna's buddy
Suet Lam ...
UPS delivery man
Jonathan Lee ...
Lok Tin
Marco Lok ...
Teenager outside curio shop (as Lik-wai Lok)
John Sham ...
Dr Fan
Yuk-Man Wong ...
Newman
King-Man Yip ...
Joanna's dad (as King Man Ip)
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Joanna wanted to become a physician. After she meets Albert, a cancer survivor and fellow doctor, her life changes. Albert's cancer has returned. He encourages Joanna to carry on. He believes that God placed her here for a reason and will eventually reveal his plans. After his passing, Joanna takes up his mettle and becomes a brilliant doctor. Her self-sacrifice became an inspiration to millions in the grip of a deadly epidemic. Written by Anonymous

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A true story of inspiration and a love story

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I must apologize to the Hong Kong audience for the spoiler citing because every single person here has taken to heart the story of Doctor Joanna Tse, `Hong Kong's daughter', who contracted SARS in a tireless battle against it. Audience elsewhere however may wish to watch the film as the story unfolds.

I have never identified from a logical viewpoint with the concept of `gospel movie', as it is termed locally, because such billing has the implication that all other movies are automatically precluded from Christianity contents. The Miracle Box, however, while sometimes does get billed as a gospel movie, is a tender love story, with faith and inspiration as part and parcel of the whole thing.

Whoever did the casting did an excellent job, particular with the two principals. While it seems illogical to make such a statement without the possibility of comparisons, I think Ada Choi is the best choice for the role of Dr. Joanna Tse. Tse Kwan-Ho, Academy trained veteran and among the most demanded actors for the local theatre stage, plays her husband, a former leukemia patient facing a relapse. Known for his powerful stage presence, Tse adapts amazingly well to the screen in this film, minimalising well in his portrayal of a shy, reserved, yet passionate man.

Adding to the beauty of the film are two inspirational songs written in honor of Dr. Tse. While I have heard these two songs many times, Samantha Lam's interpretation in the film lifted them to a new height.

As another tribute to Dr. Tse is a good reason for seeing this film. Purely on its own merits, however, The Miracle Box is also well worth seeing.


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