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Chinaman (2005)

Kinamand (original title)
In order to pay for his divorce, a plumber marries a Chinese woman who needs citizenship.

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Henrik Ruben Genz
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bjarne Henriksen ... Keld
Vivian Wu ... Ling
Lin Kun Wu Lin Kun Wu ... Feng
Paw Henriksen ... Michael
Charlotte Fich ... Rie
Chapper Kim Chapper Kim ... Zhang
Laura Bro ... Sagsbehandler Statsamt
Peder Thomas Pedersen ... Politimand #1 (as Peder Pedersen)
Thomas Gammeltoft ... Politimand 2
Mathias Sparre-Ulrich Mathias Sparre-Ulrich ... Antikhandler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeppe Kaas Jeppe Kaas ... Kunde
Johan Rabaeus ... Björn
Mogens Rex Mogens Rex ... Sagsbehandler
Nicolas Winding Refn ... Lægen
Buppha Witt ... Party Guest (as Noi Amponpunt)
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Storyline

Keld, an overweight, uninspired Danish plumber, is alone. When his bored, frustrated wife leaves him, he begins to eat dinner at the family-run Chinese take-out across the street. Working methodically through the numbered menu, he finds an unexpected friend in Feng, a genial man with his own concerns. Keld helps fix the plumbing in the diner, and then Feng asks for assistance with another problem: his Chinese sister requires a marriage of convenience to stay in Denmark. Enter Ling (Vivan Wu), a young woman who is not at all comfortable with this "strictly pro-forma" arrangement. Over time, Ling's gentle influence brings Keld into a world of tradition, full of surprising rewards and life-changing affection. This romantic tale has the fairy tale feel of what just might happen when people fall in love. Written by lovely_salome

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Country:

Denmark | China

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

1 April 2005 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinaman See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mette Horn was originally cast as the neighbor of Keld, but her role was cut from the film. On the DVD, there are some deleted scenes with her, and she is mentioned in the credits under thanks. See more »

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Featured in Easy Skanking (2006) See more »

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Why are so few American films this gentle and rewarding?
17 March 2009 | by clehoullierSee all my reviews

It wasn't the best film we've ever seen (Under the Sun takes that prize, but certainly one of the best we've seen recently. Calmly and patiently paced, a few minor twists here and there - well and subtly acted, and beautifully filmed, this was one of those Netflix recommendations that really paid off. All of the characters were wonderful and the camera was very kind to them all. The movie just exudes humanity. After the wretched experience of Happy Go Lucky (could there be a more annoying recent film), this one was like a balm for the senses. And at a bit under 90 minutes, a perfect length for the story. Highly recommended.


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