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Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996)

Tian mi mi (original title)
Two Chinese-mainlanders living in Hong Kong form a close friendship. Over the years this grows into love, but there are obstacles.

Director:

Peter Ho-Sun Chan (as Peter Chan)

Writer:

Ivy Ho
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Cheung ... Qiao Li
Leon Lai ... XiaoJun Li
Eric Tsang ... Pao Au-Yeung
Kristy Yeung ... XiaoTing Li
Christopher Doyle ... Jeremy
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ... Yan
Irene Tsu ... Aunt Rosie
Yu Ting Yu Ting ... George (as Yue Ding)
Michelle Gabriel Michelle Gabriel ... Cabbage
Jane Choi Jane Choi ... Yan's Friend at Barbeque
Gine Lui Gine Lui ... Travel Agency Owner
Heather Traber Heather Traber ... U.S. Immigration Officer
Len Berdick Len Berdick ... U.S. Immigration Officer
Robin Gold Robin Gold ... U.S. Immigration Officer
Bobby Yip ... Pao's Thug
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Storyline

Jun arrives in Hong Kong from mainland China, hoping to be able to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend back home. He meets the streetwise Qiao and they become friends. As friendship turns into love, problems develop, and although they seem meant for each other they somehow keep missing out. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

"Tian Mimi" is also the name of the song played throughout the film sung by Teresa Teng. The literal translation is "Sweet Honey" but figuratively, it means a good, warm, loving, close relationship. See more »

Goofs

It is wrong for XiaoJun Li, a mainlander to refer to his not-yet-married girlfriend XiaoTing as "AiRen" which means "wife" to Mainland Chinese (at least at the time of the movie) but means "lover" to HK and Taiwan Chinese. See more »

Connections

References Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) See more »

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Astonishingly Romantic and Realistic
13 June 1999 | by donleavySee all my reviews

This movie is much more than a conventional romance, with the typical meet-cute sequence and plot-convenient obstacles that get neatly resolved. I'm thinking of the typical American Meg-Ryan-Julia-Roberts movie, where everyone is inexplicably wealthy, no one has any real problems, and all the "wrong" boy/girl-friends are shrews or dorks ... so the audience has nothing to do but wait for the inevitable and unrealistic end.

This movie represents some other real-life complications, such as coping without a lot of money, and shows the characters struggling with, and taking responsibilities for, their relationships and commitments.

The two leads, Maggie Cheung & Leon Lai, are terrific. Also wonderful is the supporting performance by Eric Tsang as Pao Au-Yeung. This is a thoughtful and beautiful movie about real people and real love.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

2 November 1996 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Comrades, Almost a Love Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,510, 22 February 1998

Gross USA:

$17,676

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,676
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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