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Fly Me to Polaris (1999)

Xing yuan (original title)
A man returns from a recent death to find his love, only to have her not recognise him and reject him.


Jingle Ma


Chi-Leung Law
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Credited cast:
Richie Jen ... Onion / Cheuk (as Rickie Yam)
Cecilia Cheung ... Autumn Yue
William Wing Hong So ... Dr. Woo (as William So)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Man-Yiu Chan Man-Yiu Chan
Po Chun Chan Po Chun Chan
Yat Ning Chan
Yue-Lee Cheung Yue-Lee Cheung
Eric Kot
Wing-San Lai Wing-San Lai
Chui-Fung Lam Chui-Fung Lam
Sandy Lamb ... (as San-San Lam)
Audrey Mak Audrey Mak ... Chubs (as Nga-Yu Mak)
Hoi-Ying Ng Hoi-Ying Ng
Ho-Yu Oh Ho-Yu Oh
Sheren Tang


A young man, blind and dumb, works as an audio tape typist in a hospital and fostering a tender and sincere relationship with a beautiful but introverted nurse. When hit by a car, he is the sixty billionth human being to die on earth, and is on transit to Polaris, en route to a yet more sophisticated form of existence in Vega. Given a reprieve of five days and a chance to be reunited with his love on earth, he cannot reveal his true identity behind the temporary facade he must present to her. Both boy and girl eventually learn, through a tangle of difficult and miraculous events, how love and good things always find ways of creeping into people's lives when people are not greedy and least expect these blessings. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Hong Kong


Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 August 1999 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Anata ni mo ichido See more »

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Celestial Wish
(xin yu xing yuan)
Performed by Cecilia Cheung
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Excellent, old-fashioned love story
12 March 2006 | by jeebusenrouteSee all my reviews

Based on the film, "Heaven Can Wait," it is the story of a blind patient (Richie Ren) who falls in love with his nurse (Cecilia Cheung). Just when their relationship seems to be heading in the right direction, the patient is killed in a traffic accident. Soon after, he is in heaven, and one of the gatekeepers tell him that he is the 6th billion person to die, and that every billion person gets a wish. His wish is, of course, to return to Earth to see his love for one last time.

There are restrictions, if this is to happen. He can't tell her that he is who he is. There are many instances where he tries but physically can't. And he must return within 5-10 days. I forget. His final warning is that every person who has returned to Earth has regretted it.

The fact that Onion is blind either works well or doesn't, because seeing as how beautiful Cheung is, it is really hard to suspend belief that she would have trouble doubting Onion's love.

The story is very simple, and you must suspend belief about heaven, the afterlife, and the goodness of people to believe in this movie. I personally LOVED this film. It personifies love without it being cheesy or gratuitous. However, I cannot say that this film is optimistic.

The soundtrack is amazing. It uses saxophones, windchimes, and gives off a tempetuous and bittersweet mood of love lost. Cecilia Cheung even does the title track on this film. It is a haunting and melancholy song, called "Star Wish," which is the actual translation of the movie's title. The setting is in a sprawling hospital, where the nurses live on residency. The main colour motifs are white and gray, giving a wash of purity, innocence and perhaps a sense of calm after the storm.

They could have cast a better "Onion" (Ren), because his overt happiness and just general sense of lacking acting capabilities leave something to be desired. But the person who shows the most promise and natural talent is Cecilia Chueng (Autumn), considering the fact that she was so young, and it was her second film. She brings a naturalness to the film. She is beautiful yet contemplative. She is sad yet fresh.

There really is no flaw in this movie, and if there is, other factors far outweigh the bad.

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