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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

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
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 The World of Suzie Wong (1960) See more »

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Wish I had watched it sooner instead of 2014
26 March 2014 | by drjloSee all my reviews

"Almost a Love Story" is known as a classic among the Asian countries, not just China or Hong Kong. However, I somehow missed watching it until 2014(!) perhaps because I was not too eager to see yet another uninspiring romantic comedy, which seems to have been the norm for quite some time now in the cinema world.

After seeing every combination of the romantic comedy formula for years, I did not expect much out of "Almost," which admittedly has plenty of its own cliché's and coincidences. But despite those, the movie still manages to be achingly beautiful and heart-taxingly stark in its depiction of the human condition. This movie may especially shock the Westerners who are used to "clean" and neat romantic love stories. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it as soon as possible.


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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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