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Isabella (2006)

Yi sa bui lai (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 April 2006 (Hong Kong)
A Macao police officer's bachelor life is interrupted by the daughter he never knew he fathered.

Director:

Ho-Cheung Pang

Writers:

Ho-Cheung Pang (screenplay), Ho-Cheung Pang (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chapman To ... Chen-Shing Ma
Isabella Leong ... Bik-Yan Cheung
Josie Ho ... Woman at herbal tea shop
Derek Tsang ... Fai (as Kwok Cheung Tsang)
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Chen Shing's boss
Sui-man Chim ... Landlord
Louise Hodgson Louise Hodgson ... Young Main Character
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Cheung Steven Cheung ... Chen-Shing - adolescent (as Chi-Hang Cheung)
Kenny Kin-Man Chung Kenny Kin-Man Chung ... Shing's friend #4
J.J. Jia J.J. Jia ... Hua - Bik-Yan's mother (as Xiao-chen Jia)
Ho-Yin Lo Ho-Yin Lo ... Waiter
Deborah Poon Deborah Poon ... Shing's friend #2 (as Koon-Lam Poon)
Meme Tian ... Kate
Chi-Man Wan Chi-Man Wan ... Suspect
Yeung-Ming Wan ... Bik-Yan's father
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Storyline

On the eve of Macau's handover to China, police officer Shing is having the worst time of his life. Suspended for suspected corruption, he tries to find solace with an elfin creature by the name of Yan, whom he just picks up. As he tries to smooth-talk her to bed, she suddenly snaps back with the biggest turn-off imaginable: that she is the daughter he never knew existed!While Shing desperately tries to hold himself together, his bachelor life inevitably falls apart as Yan insists on living under his roof. Together the two of them start roaming through exotic Macau, tracking down Yan's missing puppy and striving to acquaint with each other. No sooner has Shing grown into his new role as a father than he finds his hands full: when Yan is not fighting with his girlfriend Kate, she is being bothered by her dorky classmate Fai. Written by Anon

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

6 April 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Macau, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$125,688 (Hong Kong), 7 April 2006, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In all three scenes that Anthony Chau-Sang Wong appears in, he is eating something. The first scene has him eating a hotpot, the second scene that he appears in, he is eating noodles and in the last scene he is eating a bun. See more »

Quotes

Chen-Shing Ma: Do you know, you can't live in Macau without a Rolex?
Chen-Shing Ma: People don't just look down on you, they don't even see you.
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Weird
22 April 2007 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

That is one really creepy movie. But in a good way, if you can say that. This movie is about a police officer that has an unwanted/uninvited guest at his house ... who that is? Someone who wants to live there with him, but that's all I'm going to say, you have to watch the rest for yourself.

The actors are really great in it (some might know Chapman To only from Infernal Affairs, but he made other great movies too) and the storytelling is excellent. You get the mood of the characters mostly through their actions not through their words, which I really liked! Also kudos to the camera man, for his excellent work.

If you like an off-beat drama mixed with little comedy, than this is for you.


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