7.4/10
1,961
7 user 13 critic

Soulmate (2016)

Qi yue yu an sheng (original title)
Two women who have been close friends since adolescence must cope with the changes that maturity brings.

Director:

Derek Tsang (as Kwok Cheung Tsang)

Writers:

Anni Baobei (story), Wing-Sum Lam | 3 more credits »
Reviews
26 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Dongyu Zhou ... Li Ansheng
Sichun Ma ... Lin Qiyue
Toby Lee ... Su Jiaming
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gang Cai ... Qiyue's dad
Haofang Li Haofang Li ... Xiao Ansheng
Ping Li Ping Li ... Qiyue's mom
Cindy Yao Cindy Yao ... Lin Qiyue (youth)
Edit

Storyline

30 year-old working woman LI ANSHENG's life in Shanghai is suddenly disrupted by the publication of a novel, entitled "Qiyue and Ansheng", a chronicle of her friendship with QIYUE during her youth. Coupled with an accidental encounter with SU JIA-MING, her long repressed memories are unleashed with the force of a tsunami-The two girls seemed destined to become friends from the moment they entered high school.Though they were inseparable and believed that their bond would last for the rest of their lives, the cruelty of youth eventually led them to separate paths. Even more shocking is the discovery of a long buried secret shared by the women - a secret that serves as an emblem of their youth and the proof of their friendship.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

women | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Faye Wong and her daughter, Leah Dou, have their own songs used in the film. See more »

Soundtracks

(It's not a crime) It's just what we do
Composed, Lyrics & Performed by Leah Dou
See more »

User Reviews

 
A full emotional experience
21 November 2016 | by ctowyiSee all my reviews

One of the ways I know a film is good enough for me to find the best words to adorn it is the feel of it the morning after. A good film should be a full emotional experience that you would find it difficult to let go off. It should create a warm hold on our feelings because through the course of the film we have unknowingly become a member of a family. Last night, we lived a lifetime with Qiyue and Ansheng.

The story couldn't be more cloying and overly familiar. Stories like this come a dime in a dozen, but this one is buoyed by the sured hands of debut director Derek Tsang (the son of screen veteran Eric Tsang), an inspired adapted screenplay, crisp editing, superb cinematography, a great soundtrack, and an outstanding sense of place and time. However, all these are naught if it doesn't get the casting right and right it so marvellously did. In the course of Qiyue and Ansheng's story, it is difficult to see any other actresses play their roles. Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun are born to play the roles and all the other parts they had played prior to this are just rehearsals for this. These are career defining roles and from this moment onwards, whether who will win the Golden Horse Award doesn't matter, because their stars are going supernova. This film lives or dies at the hands of these two actresses and both of them made it soar higher than it would want to admit.

IMHO the key to the film's structure is not about their relationship but how it lulls us into feeling it is about a relationship between us and both the girls. Who wouldn't want to have a soul mate like how it is depicted, not wishy washy with quick superficial emotions, but heart-wrenchingly hurtful and yet forgivingly embracing.. Their character arcs are superbly rendered with an awesome twist that felt totally earned. For me, the experience plays more like a spiritual experience than like a movie, maybe because I love deep friendships like this that I know can't happen.

Feted with seven Golden Horse nominations, including nominations for both actresses, director, screenplay, make-up, song and editing, my money is on Zhou Dongyu for a heartfelt performance. Her dismissive laugh hides a soul in turmoil so beautifully.

My affection for good films usually grows with familiarity, as it does with music and literature. That's why I can watch a good film again and again and relive the same experience without any dilution in intensity. I have a feeling that Soul Mate has found itself in this category.

Edit: Both actresses were rewarded with the Best Actress award. This is such wonderful news. It will be so cruel if only one got it for what are both towering performances.


26 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soulmate See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,864,375
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed