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Chinaman (2005)

Kinamand (original title)
In order to pay for his divorce, a plumber marries a Chinese woman who needs citizenship.

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Credited cast:
Bjarne Henriksen ...
Keld
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Ling
Lin Kun Wu ...
Feng
Paw Henriksen ...
Michael
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Rie
Chapper Kim ...
Zhang
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Sagsbehandler Statsamt
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Politimand #1 (as Peder Pedersen)
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Politimand 2
Mathias Sparre-Ulrich ...
Antikhandler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeppe Kaas ...
Kunde
Johan Rabaeus ...
Björn
Mogens Rex ...
Sagsbehandler
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Lægen
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Party Guest (as Noi Amponpunt)
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Keld, an overweight, uninspired Danish plumber, is alone. When his bored, frustrated wife leaves him, he begins to eat dinner at the family-run Chinese take-out across the street. Working methodically through the numbered menu, he finds an unexpected friend in Feng, a genial man with his own concerns. Keld helps fix the plumbing in the diner, and then Feng asks for assistance with another problem: his Chinese sister requires a marriage of convenience to stay in Denmark. Enter Ling (Vivan Wu), a young woman who is not at all comfortable with this "strictly pro-forma" arrangement. Over time, Ling's gentle influence brings Keld into a world of tradition, full of surprising rewards and life-changing affection. This romantic tale has the fairy tale feel of what just might happen when people fall in love. Written by lovely_salome

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Mette Horn was originally cast as the neighbor of Keld, but her role was cut from the film. On the DVD, there are some deleted scenes with her, and she is mentioned in the credits under thanks. See more »

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A touching tale of two cultures
20 March 2005 | by (Lyngby, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I saw the film today, and seldom have I been so touched by a movie. Not only I, but most of the cinema was going through the emotions of laughing and crying, as we were following the story of Keld and Ling. Being a Dane married to a Chinese woman myself, I could strongly relate to how the oriental mystique and beauty was affecting Keld's life so much. I have always been a great fan of Vivian Wu, and I think that her performance in this movie was great, even though it is a smaller part than for instance my all-time favorite "Pillow Book". Bjarne Henriksen who carries most of the film, gives a great performance, demonstrating what a truly great actor he is. One of my favorite moments in the film is a pan over the area where the main events take place. To me it displayed how fragile life is. It also matches beautifully with a similar pan later in the movie that I will not reveal. I personally think that Henrik Ruben Genz has created a masterpiece.


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