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An Autumn's Tale (1987)

Chou tin dik tong wah (original title)
Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise cabbie cousin takes care of her in the big city


Mabel Cheung
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Samuel Pang (as Chow Yun Fat)
Cherie Chung ... Jennifer
Danny Bak-Keung Chan ... Vincent
Gigi Suk Yee Wong ... Mrs. Sherwood (as Gi-Gi Wong)
Fu-Sheng Wu Fu-Sheng Wu ... Peggy
Yung-Cho Ching Yung-Cho Ching ... Niu
Man Huang ... Jennifer's Mother
Ming-Suen Jeng Ming-Suen Jeng ... Anna Sherwood
Brenda Lo ... May-Chu May
George Gerard ... NYU Law Student
Ozzy Kid Ozzy Kid ... Gang Leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katrina Law


Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise cabbie cousin takes care of her in the big city Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Drama | Romance


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Hong Kong


Cantonese | English | Japanese

Release Date:

16 July 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

An Autumn's Tale See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

D & B Films Co. Ltd. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Samuel Pang: You talk all yes talk, I talk all no talk!
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Spoofed in Jing zhuong zhui nu zi zhi er (1988) See more »


Goodbye Autumn
Written by Ted Lo, Winnie Yu, and Chan Siu-Kei
Performed by Lui Fong
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A beautiful romantic drama from Hong Kong!
26 November 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

In this Hong Kong Film Award winner (equivalent to an Oscar) for best picture, actress Cherie Chung stars as Hong Kong native Jennifer who moves to New York City to study for her Master's and reunite with her boyfriend Vincent (Danny Chan Bak-Keung). There, she meets distant relative Samuel Pang (Yun-Fat Chow), a street smart and wise-talking waiter-by-day and gambler-by-night, who helps Jennifer settle within her new life chapter. After Jennifer discovers Vincent was being unfaithful, Pang comes to the rescue and an unlikely and special bond forms.

First of all, the cinematography by David Chung and James Hayman was stunning, brilliantly capturing the breeze, essence and falling leaves of autumn season and the busy, yet sometimes moody, atmosphere of New York City. I especially liked Pang's apartment pad situated under the darkness near the Brooklyn Bridge. You will get an instant feeling of the lifestyles of New Yorkers and the city's rich and poor surroundings.

The screenplay by Alex Law and Chi-Yeuh Low was captivating as it makes you eager to follow the story and has moments that capture your heart, including the parts where Jennifer tries to make up to Pang for her childish behavior after her break-up with Vincent and when Pang helps culture-shocked Jennifer get adjusted to life in New York. The chemistry between the two are touching.

In addition to the drama and romance, there are bits of humor, sweetness and lightheartedness in the story and make you appreciate the film and enables you to relate to the characters. Also, Lowell Lo's music score is charming, Mabel Cheung's direction is solid and the overall acting is superb. True talent is depicted here as Chow Yun-Fat, known for his action films, can pull off real drama, and Cherie Chung's acting is simply to the greatest degree.

I don't want to reveal the story too much, except to conclude that this is more of a movie where a woman meets a man and a special relationship forms. There are enough plot twists and surprises to make this a very distinguished tale.

Grade A

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