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Eve and the Fire Horse (2005)

Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking ... See full summary »

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Eve Eng
Hollie Lo ...
Karena Eng
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May-Lin Eng
Chit-Man Chan ...
Frank Eng
Ping Sun Wong ...
Grandmother
Joseph Siu ...
Uncle #8 (as Joseph Siu Kin Hing)
Shirley Ng ...
Auntie #8
Diane Buermans ...
Cousin Colleen
Franco Maravilla ...
Cousin Edward
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Sally
Pawan Gill ...
Surinder
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Sister Agnes
Julia Tortolano ...
Becky
Matias Hacker ...
Mr. Right
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Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking for some meaning for her life, especially after her mother, May-Lin Eng, miscarries, and her paternal grandmother passes away, the latter event particularly concerning not so much for the event itself but the circumstances leading to the death. The Engs follow traditional Buddhist philosophy, primarily as a cultural tradition. While her husband Frank Eng is away in China dealing with his mother's burial, May-Lin doesn't stop their eldest daughter, Karena Eng, from pursuing knowledge of and eventual faith in Christianity, most specifically Catholicism. May-Lin sees it as a cushion for ensuring a good life and good after-life, as much of Christian teaching follows that of Buddhism anyway. Eve follows in her sister's footsteps. While Karena becomes a devout Catholic to the expense of her Buddhist ... Written by Huggo

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January 2006 (USA)  »

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Csodavilág  »

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CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)
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Feature film debut of Alexander Ludwig. See more »

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In one of the classroom scenes, the capital of Ontario, Canada is marked as "Ottawa". Ottawa is the capital of Canada, but Toronto is the capital of Ontario. See more »

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Daban Maiden
From the recording "Nanni Bay"
Songs belong to the Chinese People
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An absolute masterpiece
30 October 2006 | by (Guelph) – See all my reviews

An exceptionally rare and courageous movie that could perhaps only be made in Canada.

I have never seen the spirit of Chinese culture in Canada in the 70s captured so vividly, honestly, and beautifully.

Those days are long long gone, both in China, Hong Kong and Canada.

It is very ironic, but during the period this movie depicted, this movie could have never been made. The subtle depiction of the religious forces and their impact on the lives of children and adults is so rare, moving, and human. Perhaps a little harsh on Christianity, perhaps not, but no themes in this movie are not real and raw. As a Caucasian Canadian that married a Chinese woman very much like Eve, I can honestly say I saw almost everything in this movie either first hand or through her eyes.

There is so much in this movie that could easily go unnoticed and I loved the sharpness of some scenes and blurring and mixing of the un-mixable in others.

And of course Eve was scripted and portrayed masterfully. So were everyone else.


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