Comrades, Almost a Love Story

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Time Out says

A nine-times winner at the 1997 Hong Kong Film Awards, Chan's film charts the lives of two immigrants to Hong Kong from Mainland China across ten years. Li Xiaojun (Lai) is a naive and gullible northerner with a fiancée back home in Tianjin; Li Chiao (Cheung) is a street-smart southerner from Guangzhou who wants no emotional attachments in her life until she hooks up with a triad boss (Tsang). Both of them receive extended sentimental educations, sometimes together, more often apart. Very well played, the central near-romance serves as a barometer of the social and economic changes in Hong Kong since the mid-1980s. The supporting characters and subplots are far less interesting and credible; a dotty old brothel madam with a thing for William Holden (!) is especially wearisome.
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Release details

UK release:

1996

Duration:

118 mins

Cast and crew

Producer:

Raymond Chow, Eric Tsang

Cast:

Chris Doyle, Maggie Cheung, Leon Lai, Irene Tsu, Eric Tsang, Kristy Yeung

Director:

Peter Chan

Music:

Chiu Tsang-Hei

Editor:

Kwong Chi-leung, Chan Ki-Hop

Screenwriter:

Ivy Ho

Cinematography:

Jingle Ma

Art Director:

Hai Chung-Man

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