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Everlasting Regret (2005)

Changhen ge (original title)
A person's life is destined to be shorter than that of a city. Having spent her whole life in Shanghai, Qiyao has her moments of prosperity and her fair share of loneliness. She finally ... See full summary »

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Wang Qiyao
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Mr. Cheng
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Officer Li
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Kang Mingxun
Jue Huang ...
Kela
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Duan Wenfang (as Lan Yan)
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Lin Yan
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A person's life is destined to be shorter than that of a city. Having spent her whole life in Shanghai, Qiyao has her moments of prosperity and her fair share of loneliness. She finally fades and disappears but Shanghai remains a metropolitan city. Shanghai in the 1930s is glamorous and seductive. A pretty young girl from an ordinary family, Qiyao is lucky enough to win the 2nd runner-up of the "Miss Shanghai" contest. Mr. Cheng, her admirer as well as a photographer who assists her to her success, knows the girl is going to live an extraordinary life. It turns out she is going to witness the decades of changes to her city. 1948, Officer Li, an official in control of the army, keeps her as his lover. During the time, she spends her life at the Parliament ballroom, accompanies him through dangerous situations, and tries to devote all of herself to a man she believes she can spend the rest of her life with. But one day, he disappears and does not return. She never gets to find out the ... Written by Athena Tsui

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29 September 2005 (Hong Kong)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,075 (Hong Kong) (14 October 2005)
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References The Yearling (1946) See more »

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A beautiful, frustrating film
15 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Everlasting Regret," Stanley Kwan's love song to Shanghai, is one of those films that suffers from an identity crisis and ultimately, doesn't add up to the sum of its parts. Stylistically, it veers from Sirkian melodrama to Godard-esquire detachment. It's beautiful to look at, and sensually composed, evoking the much superior "In the mood for love" by Wong Kar-Wai. Still, by the end of the film, the melodrama becomes arbitrary, and the audience is left feeling cold. The excellent performances almost rise above it all, leading one to wonder what the film would be like if Kwan had more assurance in his directing, and faith in his characters.


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