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Eve and the Fire Horse (2005)

Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking ... See full summary »

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Julia Kwan

Writers:

Julia Kwan, Yipeng Ben Lu (translation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Kut ... Eve Eng
Hollie Lo Hollie Lo ... Karena Eng
Vivian Wu ... May-Lin Eng
Chit-Man Chan ... Frank Eng
Ping Sun Wong Ping Sun Wong ... Grandmother
Joseph Siu Joseph Siu ... Uncle #8 (as Joseph Siu Kin Hing)
Shirley Ng Shirley Ng ... Auntie #8
Diane Buermans Diane Buermans ... Cousin Colleen
Franco Maravilla Franco Maravilla ... Cousin Edward
Jessica Amlee ... Sally
Pawan Gill Pawan Gill ... Surinder
Wendy Russell ... Sister Agnes
Julia Tortolano ... Becky
Matias Hacker Matias Hacker ... Mr. Right
Chris Shields ... God's Witness #1 - Fred
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Storyline

Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking for some meaning for her life, especially after her mother, May-Lin Eng, miscarries, and her paternal grandmother passes away, the latter event particularly concerning not so much for the event itself but the circumstances leading to the death. The Engs follow traditional Buddhist philosophy, primarily as a cultural tradition. While her husband Frank Eng is away in China dealing with his mother's burial, May-Lin doesn't stop their eldest daughter, Karena Eng, from pursuing knowledge of and eventual faith in Christianity, most specifically Catholicism. May-Lin sees it as a cushion for ensuring a good life and good after-life, as much of Christian teaching follows that of Buddhism anyway. Eve follows in her sister's footsteps. While Karena becomes a devout Catholic to the expense of her Buddhist ... Written by Huggo

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Official Sites:

Official site [Canada]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csodavil√°g See more »

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Budget:

CAD1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Alexander Ludwig. See more »

Goofs

In the same spot where Ottawa is listed as capital of Ontario, Fredericton is also spelled wrong - the movie spells it Fredricton. See more »

Soundtracks

O Bless the Lord My Soul
Performed by Lynne Thigpen and Company
From the musical, "Godspell"
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charming, fun, moments of tension,excellent use of subtitles
21 March 2005 | by marilynhindmarchSee all my reviews

The relationship between the two sisters comes across as natural and typical as do the other family relationships. Warmth emanates from most of the characters. Issues dealing with race are delightfully and educationally presented. Some special effects are extremely well done although one is quite awkward. The essential practices of Buddhism and Catholicism are brought to light. The character of Eve is superbly acted, and by a first time actress. By revealing the home life of a Buddhist Chinese family in Canada, this film becomes a must-see for Canadians, the majority of whom are now living in close proximity to a Chinese community in the major cities. To produce such a quality film on a shoe-string budget is a production coup! Hurrah for independent filmmakers.


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