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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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Cast

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
Buppha Witt ...
Party Guest (as Noi Amponpunt)
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Storyline

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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Featured in Easy Skanking (2006) See more »

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A good story well told.
21 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being in the U.S.A., I kept expecting this lovely poignant film to crumble into gratuitous violence or some other cheap surprise. As it went on, keeping everyone's motives human and showing them coming to do the right things in relationships, it ended up resting at the top of my recommendation list (even above Antonia's Line). Besides the simple story and impressive character acting by everyone, the experience and skill apparent in the lighting, color choices and sequence of each scene, the interesting angles of every take, and the top drawer casting were all distractingly above the norm. I kept thinking, 'Wow!' Still not sure why this is in the comedy category. We were out of Kleenex by the end, and totally content. If the English subtitles were big enough to read, it would be perfect.


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