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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 »
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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)
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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.

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Drama | Romance

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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
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Potentially the best Chinese Movie Ever
18 February 2020 | by christian94See all my reviews

Chinese cinema have Zhang Yimou absolute gems like To Live (1994), Riding Alone for Thiusand of Miles (2005) and The Flower's of War (2011) in the most prominent Chinese director impressive filmography. Add Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Shanghai Triad (1995), The Roaf Home (1999), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Coming Home (2014) as excellent films.

Many other known or less known directors were able to surprise me with one clear masterpiece like: 2046 (2004), Aftershock (2010), Ocean Heaven (2010), July Rhapsody (2002), Together (2002) and White Snake (2019)

Ye Lou's Summer Palace (2006) is noteworthy but his Suzhou River (2000) with Xun Zhou's magnetic performance remained to me Chinese's most audacious, disturbing and beautiful Chinese film until I just finished watching Soulmate (2016)!

Soulmate's story is seemingly simple but with amazing dialogue and enough captivating twists. A lot of attention to details and clues make a tight story from the 5 Strong writing collaboration. Then Derek Tsang and the two lead actresses, Dongyu Zhou & Sichun Ma, really take it out the park with amazing performances and poignant scene after scene, especially after the 30 mins mark. Kudos also to the 4 strong editing team. These collaborations coalesced into a very well-rounded effective narrative. Two competent cinematographers to capture it all and voila.

This ifilm is visceral and emotional with life teachings, love, friendship, family and philosophy all finding their ways to add the the mosaic of living. The characters are trying to find their places in the world like everyone.

Very good study of long-time friendship, joys, hardships, distance, dreams, reality, fears and fantasies. This illustrates life's futility, loneliness and beauty while showing the manipulation and illusions we must create for ourselves and others.

Quite transcending and special in many levels. I cant wait to see Better Days (2019) and see if Dongyu Zhou and Derek Tsang can do it again.

Soulmate secures a rewatchable unforgettable ride as well as amazing scenes of pure delicious writing, acting and directing. Bravo!


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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,864,375
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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