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Wang Qiyao
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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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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,075 (Hong Kong) (14 October 2005)
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Very subtle, and rather impressive
17 October 2005 | by (Vienna) – See all my reviews

Although it certainly won't be everybody's cup of tea, "Everlasting Regret" is a fine example of a movie which reveals more by what it _doesn't_ show than by what it actually presents on-screen. Stanley Kwan undertakes the difficult task of telling the history of a city (Shanghai, roughly from the 1940s to the 1980s) through the personal histories of a few of its citizens -- without hardly ever showing a shot of the city itself.

Indeed, music, clothes and hairstyles are nearly all we get in view of clues as to the passage of time, and some key events -- whether personal or political -- are barely even commented upon, much less shown directly. This admittedly makes the film somewhat difficult to follow (and presupposes at least a basic knowledge of recent Chinese history), but at the same time it manages to make the experience much more emotional and, well, _personal_ than a 'standard' historical piece would ever achieve. Instead of staging elaborate historical events and recreating architecture, Kwan masterfully focuses on the personal details and the effects these historical events (together with the passage of time itself) have had on the characters' lives. To see (or better yet: to feel) these effects, you need to concentrate on the details: the clothes, the furniture, the design of cups and glasses, the looks exchanged and the gazes averted.

The details are supposedly where the devil is -- but it's also where the beauty of this film lies. For those of you who like to play the comparison game: "Everlasting Regret" is like a tranquilized Wong Kar Wai with a political background, or an emotional, de-contextualized Hou Hsiao-hsien. Be that as it may, if you're interested in 'serious' Asian cinema, you certainly won't feel any regrets about giving this one a chance.


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