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Tian mi mi (1996)

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 (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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

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brilliant
12 April 1999 | by annie17See all my reviews

This brilliant love epic spans 10 years and traces the star-crossed relationship between two Chinese immigrants who are mysteriously drawn to each other and find comfort in each other's experiences. Though certain coincidences are perhaps unrealistic at first glimpse, the scriptwriters handle it extremely well, embedding them in a believable situation. The direction is flawless, the casting is perfect. Leon's innocent face is exquisite and Maggie's strength and determination deem her a likable heroine. Perhaps slow for non-romantics, this movie paints a beautiful portrait of ideal love, one which surpasses time and place and confirms the ideal belief that certain things are meant to happen in our life. This movie addresses many issues at a level yet unreached by Hollywood and it can really teach westerners a lesson on how to bring out the essence of true love.


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