Chen Wen, an antique shop worker and aspiring author, who has just met the girl of his dreams. The only problem is that she only wants him as a very close friend, not as a boyfriend.


Dayyan Eng


Dayyan Eng
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Yu Xia ... Chen Wen
Bingbing Li ... Liu Rong
Beibi Gong ... Li Jing
Qi Gao Qi Gao ... Haitao
Chao Wu Chao Wu ... San
Yalin Gao Yalin Gao ... Li Liang
Songyan Tu Songyan Tu ... Sun Zi
Dayyan Eng Dayyan Eng ... Ian
Lihong Li Lihong Li ... Zhang Lin
Xiaopei Song Xiaopei Song ... Liu Na
He Huang He Huang ... Da Ming
Qing Zhao Qing Zhao ... Library Guard
Xiaolong Guo Xiaolong Guo ... San's Friend
Ting Sun Ting Sun ... Leonardo
Xiaoge Feng Xiaoge Feng ... Wen's Brother


Set in modern day Bejing, Waiting Alone is a coming-of-age story of Wen (Xia Yu), an antique shop owner and aspiring author who has just met the girl of his dreams. Waiting Alone shows us a China rarely seen in cinema, a China that is contemporary, hip and vibrant. Written by Easternlight Films

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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As of 2019, remains the highest-rated Chinese romantic comedy in China (as voted by over 165,000+ viewers and critics on Douban). See more »

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Not an ordinary Chinese Movie
23 October 2005 | by mikeyanSee all my reviews

Just saw this movie and I got to say , this is not an ordinary Chinese Movie,or, not an ordinary movie at all.

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At the Beginning , I thought it's just another romance story with the guy gets the perfect girl at the end. As the plot moving forward, I found that's highly unlikely. And then I though the movie would be a guy-found-out-true-lover-is-always-there-but-he-never-knew kinda movie. However, for the second time, I'm still wrong. This guy gets nobody at all. I think this is the main reason why this movie is so different. The story didn't follow any conventional patterns but still feels quite reasonable (at least for me).

s/*************spoiler ends here***************/s

This movie is also very unconventional in its style. I'm a native Chinese who saw lots of American movies. So I can feel this movie's combination of Chinese/American movie styles. The lines are very "BeiJingful", some jokes can only be appreciated by a Chinese(or even Beijinese). But the fast-paced editing style, versatile camera position and utilization of various music are definitely American. I won't say the movie is "best of both worlds", but I think at least Mr.Dayyan Eng, the director, knows what's the essence of Chinese movies and American movies, and he mixed them well. (He is mix-blooded as far as I know)

P.S. There'll be a great surprise waiting for you at the end of the movie, but don't worry, you don't need to watch all the end credit to get that surprise.

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Release Date:

19 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Waiting Alone See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Production Co:

Colordance Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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