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Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996)

Tian mi mi (original title)
Two Chinese-mainlanders living in Hong Kong form a close friendship. Over the years this grows into love, but there are obstacles.

Director:

Peter Ho-Sun Chan (as Peter Chan)

Writer:

Ivy Ho
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Cheung ... Qiao Li
Leon Lai ... XiaoJun Li
Eric Tsang ... Pao Au-Yeung
Kristy Yeung ... XiaoTing Li
Christopher Doyle ... Jeremy
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ... Yan
Irene Tsu ... Aunt Rosie
Yu Ting Yu Ting ... George
Michelle Gabriel Michelle Gabriel ... Cabbage
Jane Choi Jane Choi ... Yan's Friend at Barbeque
Gine Lui Gine Lui ... Travel Agency Owner
Heather Traber Heather Traber ... U.S. Immigration Officer
Len Berdick Len Berdick ... U.S. Immigration Officer
Robin Gold Robin Gold ... U.S. Immigration Officer
Bobby Yip ... Pao's Thug
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Storyline

Jun arrives in Hong Kong from mainland China, hoping to be able to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend back home. He meets the streetwise Qiao and they become friends. As friendship turns into love, problems develop, and although they seem meant for each other they somehow keep missing out. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

"Tian Mimi" is also the name of the song played throughout the film sung by Teresa Teng. The literal translation is "Sweet Honey" but figuratively, it means a good, warm, loving, close relationship. See more »

Goofs

Li Xiaojun is seen playing the arcade game "Raiden II" in 1986, seven years before it came out. See more »

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Referenced in Chinese Eye (2004) See more »

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Luck accompanies the pure of heart...
1 June 2004 | by vid-10See all my reviews

This fable of comrades (i.e. people from Mainland China migrating to Hong Kong in pursuit of their dreams) and lovers Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai is generally enjoyable, although at times I found it hard to believe, as it relies a lot on luck, coincidence and predestination. It may be that luck protects those with a noble soul, surely the spirit of Teresa Teng must have watched over the two comrades from a very close point of view!

The first half is very entertaining and energetic, as it follows the ups and downs of the protagonists, as they experience the frenetic life of Hong Kong, with its fast jobs, fast money and fast food. At the same time, Leon and Maggie also discover the negative aspects of their stay: the stock market landslides and, more over, the loneliness of living alone in a big city. Inevitably, they fall in love with each other and yet try to remain detached, as they have way too different aspirations: Maggie Cheung is a business-oriented girl, while Leon Lai is more idealistic and, more over, is already engaged. Among the most memorable moments is the bunch of wishes that the two comrades exchange, in celebration of the New Lunar Year!

The arrival of Leon Lai's girlfriend to HK marks a big change of pace in the movie, as an ocean of problems, sorrows and regrets await the two protagonists: second half is very melodramatic, be warned! Anyway, the movie is definitely worth the viewing, if it were only for the thorough portrait of Hong Kong it offers. 7/10


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

2 November 1996 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Comrades, Almost a Love Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,510, 22 February 1998

Gross USA:

$17,676

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,676
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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