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Changhen ge (2005)

A person's life is destined to be shorter than that of a city. Having spent her whole life in Shanghai, Qiyao has her moments of prosperity and her fair share of loneliness. She finally ... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Kwan

Writers:

Anyi Wang (novel), Elmond Yeung (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sammi Cheng ... Wang Qiyao
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Mr. Cheng
Jun Hu ... Officer Li
Daniel Wu ... Kang Mingxun
Jue Huang Jue Huang ... Kela
Leni Lan Crazybarby Leni Lan Crazybarby ... Duan Wenfang (as Lan Yan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gang Cai ... Master Four
Haofeng Cheng Haofeng Cheng ... Cousin
Hei-Yi Cheng ... Yonghong
Yi Huang ... Weiwei
Yan Su ... Lili
Zheng Wei Tan Zheng Wei Tan ... Official Responsible for Implementing Policies
Lin Yan Lin Yan
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Storyline

A person's life is destined to be shorter than that of a city. Having spent her whole life in Shanghai, Qiyao has her moments of prosperity and her fair share of loneliness. She finally fades and disappears but Shanghai remains a metropolitan city. Shanghai in the 1930s is glamorous and seductive. A pretty young girl from an ordinary family, Qiyao is lucky enough to win the 2nd runner-up of the "Miss Shanghai" contest. Mr. Cheng, her admirer as well as a photographer who assists her to her success, knows the girl is going to live an extraordinary life. It turns out she is going to witness the decades of changes to her city. 1948, Officer Li, an official in control of the army, keeps her as his lover. During the time, she spends her life at the Parliament ballroom, accompanies him through dangerous situations, and tries to devote all of herself to a man she believes she can spend the rest of her life with. But one day, he disappears and does not return. She never gets to find out the ... Written by Athena Tsui

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

29 September 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Everlasting Regret See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

HKD 1,500,000 (Hong Kong), 2 October 2005
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

References The Yearling (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Everlasting Regret
(Theme Song)
Performed by Sammi Cheng
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Mediocre
8 September 2005 | by danielgelsi-1See all my reviews

Just saw the movie at the Venice Film Festival and it was mediocre. My review is somewhat biased because the movie is most likely geared towards the Chinese market and my cultural knowledge of China is very limited hence I may have failed to culturally relate to the film. However, the film felt episodic, in a bad sense, and, probably for budgetary reasons, the action was as if in a vacuum in the sense that the characters were certainly impacted by the events surrounding them, the rise of communism and détente, or whatever you may call it. But, we never experience, either through documentary footage or through outside shots, what China was going through at the time. Thus, it's hard to place the characters in the history that surrounds them. In this sense, the movie felt like a play. The acting was decent, nevertheless the lead actress was only passable. After being saturated by the main characters, I felt almost coerced into feeling invested in their lives and thus was curious to see the ending. However, the ending failed to make for the remainder of the film.


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