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A Time to Love (2005)
"Qing ren jie" (original title)

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A love story that should not have happened. But the Great Cultural Revolution fathered it. As memorable as Romeo and Juliet, their love tied with the same intrusion from their families ¨C ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Yi Lu ...
Hou Jia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Minjie Cui ...
Qu Ran's mother
Yujia Ding ...
Yong Hou Jia
Mu Liu ...
Qu Ran's College Friend
Xiaoying Song ...
Qu Ran's Mother
Dianhua Wang ...
Mrs. Feng
Jiadong Xing ...
Qu Ran's elder brother
Ren Yi ...
Qu Ran's sisiter in law
Miao Yu ...
Qian Zhang ...
Qu Ran's father
Yijing Zhang ...
Young Qu Ran
Yaying Zhao ...


A love story that should not have happened. But the Great Cultural Revolution fathered it. As memorable as Romeo and Juliet, their love tied with the same intrusion from their families ¨C the hatred. Until one day, they watched Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It inspires them. It gives their juiceless love story the hope for fruit. It brings them the determination to bridge through time setting aside the hatred. The same gives them a wait of 12 years. 12 years of changing time, changing era. Friends come and go. Songs sang become old. How much longer for their love can they hold? How much longer for their love with beautiful memory and unforgettable days can they hold? Written by Anonymous

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Seven long years passed.Can they still be together?


Drama | Romance





Release Date:

13 February 2005 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Qing ren jie  »

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Hou Jia: I've always worried that you'd give up. All these years it's been torturing me.
Qu Ran: Nothing will change if we don't talk about it...
Hou Jia: Nothing will ever change if we never say a word about it. Qu Ran, let's get married. I want to make you happy.
Qu Ran: To live with you in the same building... that was once my happiness. To live with you in the same city... that's also once my happiness. To be alive with you at the same time in this world... that will be my happiness. Happiness... is a feeling from deep ...
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Name of Angle
(Tian shi zhi ming)
Sung by 'Wei Zhao' (as Vicki Zhao)
Lyrics by Yao Qian
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A Nutshell Review: A Time to Love
2 December 2006 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

How long will you wait for somebody you love? Will you hold on to that hope and have faith, or will you buckle at the uncertainties, and choose to move on? You'll never know until you're in it, and are forced to make some decisions. While you can decide for yourself, you'll never really know how the other half will fare, especially if it's long distance.

A Time to Love, starring Lu Yi and Zhao Wei as star-crossed lovers, adapts the basic premise from Shakespeare's timeless romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. The references are countless, be it direct like the very cheesy replication of the famous Act II Scene II, or indirectly. As childhood sweethearts, their love for each other is forbidden by their respective families due to a mysterious feud between the heads of the households. So long as it remains mysterious, so too will their love be hidden away from their families, resulting in stealing glances, and meeting up in secret. But how long can this continue before taking its toil, especially when one turns out to be a high flyer and ambition gets in the way? Even the characters fit R&J to a T. Lu Yi's Hou Jia is actually quite wishy-washy, afraid to express his feelings for his love, and is kept in his place by his wheelchair bound mother. Probably out of filial piety, given that it's a Chinese/Asian virtue, but having her dictate his life, is probably as pathetic as can be. There are times though, that as his character develops, it threads on dangerous ground just as the cad that Lu Yi played in Jasmine Woman, starring yet another Chinese actress who have made international waves, Zhang Ziyi.

Zhao Wei's Qu Ran on the other hand, is as strong in character as Juliet, the one calling the shots on how she wants to live her life, and to love who she wants to, despite her parental objections. Zhao Wei herself lights up the screen with her scenes each time, and no doubt her bright illuminating eyes contribute to that effect, expressing her fear, anger, loneliness, happiness, all rolled into one and projected through the windows of the soul.

The movie, itself based on a short story, contains plenty of cheesy moments that will probably be appreciated by the romantics, or cringe just about every general movie going audience. Familiar themes for romantic movies are at their element here, with beautiful camera shots setting up scenes of isolation, and of waiting, and bringing to life the love between our lovers. There is a sex scene (*gasp*) but you don't get to see much.

There are some movies that perpetually shoot itself in the foot with its bad ending. You know, those that have an excellent build up, right until the finale, but destroys all the good work done with the very last frame. You can add this movie to that list of yours. While the non-romantics would have already rolled their eyes as the story progressed, those who are holding out until the end will probably be nodding in unison with its open ended third act, but unfortunately, that dumb final line had to appear as the end title. And no, it's not "The End", but by doing that, it robbed the movie of whatever shreds of credibility it tried to keep alive, and topped it with stinky cheese.

P.S. It's a pity that this movie only had less than 10 persons in the audience, one of whom is Kenneth Tan himself. Guess having two film festivals running side by side, in the holiday season of December, does take its toil on the attendance of festival movies.

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