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Kinamand (2005)

In order to pay for his divorce, a plumber marries a Chinese woman who needs citizenship.

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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
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Björn
Mogens Rex ...
Sagsbehandler
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Lægen
Buppha Witt ...
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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1 April 2005 (Denmark)  »

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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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I am pretty sure that a decent number of folks won't like the way this film ends, but I thought it was terrific.
2 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Chinaman" is a deceptive film. While it appears very simple and perhaps even a comedy on the surface, the film is much deeper, more sensitive and very engaging. I must warn you though, this is NOT a film everyone will like. It does not have a happy Hollywood style ending and the film is pretty unconventional. As for me, I liked that the film didn't try to fit a formula and didn't even mind the sad portions of the film. But I do recommend you have some Kleenex nearby--just in case.

At the beginning of the film, Keld's wife tells him that she's leaving him for good. You have absolutely no idea why or what their marriage had been like--all you know is that she wants out as soon as possible. Not surprisingly, Keld is depressed and directionless--and Bjarne Henriksen makes this very apparent in his performance. Part of his depression and directionless is evident in his habits. He goes to the same Chinese restaurant every night and he sells off all his furniture. Sitting in an empty apartment, Keld is just drifting through life--waiting for his divorce to be final.

One evening when he's at the Chinese restaurant, the place's plumbing goes crazy and Keld jumps into action. After all, he is a plumber. And through the course of this, Keld and the owner of the restaurant become friends--so much so that his new friend makes him a VERY unusual proposition. He wants Keld to marry his sister, Ling, in order to allow her to remain in the country. Naturally, it will be a marriage in name only. She'll move in with Keld but their relationship will be business. However, rather expectedly, a closeness develops between them and after a while, Keld realizes he's falling in love with his new wife. Now the rest of the film is NOT what you'd expect--it is a very unusual film to say the least. But, Henriksen's excellent performance and the film's nice direction and script really hooked me. A very unusual and bittersweet film--and one that left me very impressed.


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