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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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Cousin
Hei-Yi Cheng ...
Yonghong
Yi Huang ...
Weiwei
Yan Su ...
Lili
Zheng Wei Tan ...
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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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Everlasting Regret  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,075 (Hong Kong) (14 October 2005)

Gross:

$386,736 (Hong Kong) (14 October 2005)
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References The Yearling (1946) See more »

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Everlasting Regret
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good mood, costumes, bad screenplay
24 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is a story about Shanghai, however, most of actors were from Hong Kong. And the director is also from Hong Kong, if I am not mistaken. So it certainly lacks the particular shanghai style.

The best part about this film was its furniture, settings, room decorations, music, hair styles, costumes, etc. Those all feel authentic, correlate well to the certain period of that time.

It is understandable that it is a hard to consolidate a person's entire life into a short film. However, it jumps from one period to another without any explanations. If a person knows nothing about the modern Chinese history, s/he will not be able to understand most of it. Some of the scenes were also confusing. For example, why did the protagonist's lover had to run away suddenly, etc?

Hopefully, maybe one day, some real Shanghai director will hire some real Shanghai actors to redo this film again with the real shanghai dialect.


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