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The Garden of Evening Mists (2019)

A woman seeking a quiet life in post-World War II British Malaya finds love and a common interest in gardening with a mysterious Japanese man.


Tom Lin


Richard Smith (screenwriter), Twan Eng Tan (novel)
2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Angelica Lee ... Teoh Yun Ling
Hiroshi Abe ... Nakamura Aritomo
Sylvia Chang ... Older Teoh Yun Ling
David Oakes ... 1950s Frederik Gemmell
Julian Sands ... 1980s Frederik Gemmell
John Hannah ... Magnus Gemmell
Serene Lim Serene Lim ... Teoh Yun Hong
Kheng Hua Tan ... Emily
Fish Chaar Fish Chaar ... Kwai Hoon
Darryl Westrup Darryl Westrup ... British Soldier
Naeim Ghalili ... Malcom Toombs


A survivor of a brutal Japanese internment camp, Teoh Yun Ling has been working with the Malaysian authorities punish the Japanese war criminals for several years. She despises the Japanese for killing her younger sister, but to pay tribute to her soul she travels to the highlands to visit the renowned gardener Nakamura Aritomo. Aritomo refuses to work for Yun Ling but instead takes her in as an apprentice so that she can build her own garden. Residing in the tea room, Yun Ling begins working at The Garden of Evening Mists and learns to design a garden. Yet outside of the Malaysian jungle, another war is waging in Malaysia in a continued state of emergency. Malay nationalists are fighting the British for independence, while communist guerillas are brutally killing farmers, miners, and their families in every way they can to gain control over the regions.

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May not be as good as the book but still an excellent movie
19 January 2020 | by parrotbrandjuiceSee all my reviews

I have not read the book and as quoted from the story I saw this film "without prejudice" and found it excellent. It is not a perfect movie but it was based on a great story and the director told this story very well. The main cast did a fine job. It is slow paced as most historical dramas but was able to draw you into the mesmerizing tale set within a turbulent time.

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Malaysia | UK


English | Cantonese | Japanese | Malay

Release Date:

16 January 2020 (Malaysia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Garden of Evening Mists See more »

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Production Co:

Astro Shaw, HBO Asia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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