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My Mother Is a Belly Dancer (2006)
"Seelai ng yi cho" (original title)

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Women (Amy Chum, Sydney, Kristal Tin) take lessons in belly dancing to escape from their dreary lives.



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Credited cast:
Moon Moon Chan ...
4th daughter of Wongs
Jonathan Wing Hong Cheung ...
Ken (as Wing-Hong Cheung)
Amy Chum ...
Mrs. Chan (as Yan-mei Tam)
Pasha Umer Hood ...
Fung-Ming Kong
Chi Chung Lam ...
Ka Tung Lam ...
Mr. Wong
Ho Lee ...
Little boy
Suk-Fun Leung ...
Tai Chi student
Lei Suet ...
Mrs. Lee (as Sydney)
Tin-Bo Tam ...
Mrs. Tung
Kristal Tin ...
Mrs. Wong
Ken Tong ...
Mr. Lee
Monie Tung ...


Women (Amy Chum, Sydney, Kristal Tin) take lessons in belly dancing to escape from their dreary lives.

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Simple but wonderful
3 October 2006 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

The opening film of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival.

I really enjoyed this film, it is witty, touching and heart-warming. The film tells the story of a group of women living in a public housing estate in Hong Kong, all with various difficulties in their lives; being a young single parent, having a cheating husband, unemployment, a disrespectful husband and son etc. They find release from their worries through learning belly-dancing despite the disapproval of families and the community.

Although it doesn't sound like much from that description the simple story is wonderfully told with excellent performances all-round and an effective mix of humour and emotion. It shows ordinary life in a Hong Kong housing estate in a realistic way without being a dry social documentary, on the contrary it is an engaging and heartfelt drama. For me the camera-work is spot-on, giving visual interest without being unnecessarily flashy.

There is also an amusing cameo from producer Andy Lau as a restaurant owner.

Highly recommended, one of the best films of 2006 so far IMHO.

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