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Design for Living (2015)

Hua li shang ban zu (original title)
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A musical set mainly in a corporate high-rise. Two assistants, Lee Xiang and Kat, start new jobs at the financial firm Jones & Sunn. Lee Xiang is an earnest young man who naively enters the... See full summary »

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Johnnie To

Writer:

Sylvia Chang
6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Chang ... Winnie Chang
Yun-Fat Chow ... Ho Chung Ping
Eason Chan ... David Wang
Wei Tang ... Sophie
Ziyi Wang ... Lee Xiang
Yueting Lang ... Kat Ho
Siu-Fai Cheung ... John Sun
Tien-Hsin ... Tang Kah-Ling
Stephanie Che ... Cheng Ben
Timmy Hung ... Howard Ye
Kin-Kwan Chu Kin-Kwan Chu ... Kevin Shen
Adrian Wong ... Tong Dong Mei
Catherine Chau ... Supervisor of Public Relations Dept.
Mimi Chi Yan Kung ... Ho Chung Ping's wife
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Lobby Security Guard
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A musical set mainly in a corporate high-rise. Two assistants, Lee Xiang and Kat, start new jobs at the financial firm Jones & Sunn. Lee Xiang is an earnest young man who naively enters the world of high finance with noble intentions. Kat on the other hand has a secret. Written by Mad Dog Down Time

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

2 September 2015 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnnie To's Office See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,144, 20 September 2015

Gross USA:

$63,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,290,521
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2008. See more »

Soundtracks

He Bi Ne
Music by Ta-Yu Lo
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Eason Chan
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OFFICE reflects more stamps from Sylvia Chang's pathos-laden felicity than Johnnie To's rough-and-ready stock-in-trade
7 March 2020 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

"Scripted by Sylvia Chang (one might wonder how come she didn't direct the film herself, one answer probably is that To is more bankable to secure its none-too-meager budget), she plays Winnie, the CEO of a high-flying corporation called Jones & Sunn, whose chairman Mr. Ho (Chow) is also her lover for more than two decades, as the company is going public, she is promised to be a major share holder. Meantime, Mr. Ho sends her own daughter Kat (Lang) to work anonymously as an intern (with only Winnie knows the lowdown), and Kat meets another tenderfoot, the ambitious but doe-eyed Lee Seung (Wang), romantic tingle eventually materializes as the film follows through their wide-eyed experience of how a corporation operates under the savvy supervision of Winnie, but also cracks start to show when the IPO process is undermined from within, especially by David Wong (Chan), the mid-level executive who commits some hanky-panky both financially (mad keen on earning "double" in the stock market) and sexually (also a casual lover of Winnie), and when his gamble falls through, he has to wheedle Sophie (Tang), the accountant hailed from mainland to appropriate the company's money to save his skin, on the false promise of his amorous fondness."

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