Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996)
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as Qiao Li
as Li Xiaojun
as Xiao Jun Li
as Fang Xiaoting
as Aunt Rosie
as Restaurant Owner
Critic Reviews for Comrades, Almost a Love Story
A movie made for the hopelessly romantic. Hardboiled cynics need not apply.
Audience Reviews for Comrades, Almost a Love Story
It's Leon Lai and Maggie Cheung at the peak of their powers and the top of their game in a great love story that also manages to weave together the immigrant experience in both Hong Kong and New York, although if sentiment makes you gag, you might want to go elsewhere.
There's nothing particularly important to report so I haven't been especially disciplined about updating my blog. I guess this will be a hodgepodge of updates. First, the movie reviews: I loved [i]Comrades, Almost a Love Story[/i], a unabashed romance with truly excellent performances from Maggie Cheung, Leon Lai, and Eric Tsang. The movie won Best Picture at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 1996. The movie follows two recent mainlander immigrants in Hong Kong in 1986-93 and definitely captures a unique time and place which no longer exists. [i]Taegukgi[/i] is basically a sentimental [i]Saving Private Ryan[/i] for the Korean War. It's technical qualities are admirable, but it doesn't really bring anything new to the table outside of highlighting a war that many Americans don't remember. Some closing remarks about the tail end of my trip in China: I updated my Xiamen photo album with some additional photos that weren't there before. The early part of the trip contained trips with lots of friends to discos and nightclubs. Here's the famous NASA disco ... [center][url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/200503/CIMG3325"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/200503/CIMG3325.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] [left]... decorated with a gigantic mecha robot over-looking the dance stage inside. Coincidentally enough, I managed to visit all four discos (KKs, NASA, Shenduoli, and Shikong) at different times, but only KKs (still my favorite) multiple times. Towards the tail end of my trip, though, I began to go to pubs instead. The pubs don't have dance floors, frequently have live music acts, and are a bit more laidback. Here's some random tidbits... [center][url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/200503/CIMG3365.avi"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/200503/CIMG3364.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/200503/CIMG3365.avi"]AVI movie of dinner at Shanghai, Shanghai (10MB) [/url] [left]... with live music in the background. The dinner was with Jimmy, Andy, Asher, my friend Xiao Yu and her roommate Qing Qing. Qing Qing (blonde) is tiny but enjoys wearing GIGANTIC hiphop sweatsuits or Sean Jean pants/football jerseys. It's quite entertaining to figure out what she's wearing each day. [center][url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/200503/CIMG3363"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/200503/CIMG3363.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] [left] Dogs: Being a bit metropolitan cities, people seem to really love little dogs. Here's two little dog pics: [center][url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/200503/CIMG3367"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/200503/CIMG3367.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] Asher plays with Jimmy and Tracy's little Chihuahua. [url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/200503/CIMG3374"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/200503/CIMG3374.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] My friend Fei scoops up this cute little dog owned by this gigantic dude sitting at the pub booth next to us. [left]Actually, I hung out quite a bit with Jimmy's acquaintance, Fei, pictured above with the lil pooch. She's taking a one-month break from working right now (something that alot of the nighttime workers seem to do at least once a year), and with all of the Xiaban people busy at work and other friends out-of-the-country, I spent alot of time in my remaining week hanging out with her eating, shopping, and drinking. She's older than the average nighttime worker (26, which I'm assuming means that's really 27 in Western terms), owns her own condo, and watches a ton of DVDs -- including season six of [i]Friends[/i] which we watched after pub drinking one night. In any case, we spent about an hour and a half on Zhongshan Lu looking for new DVDs and CDs to buy -- I brought back a couple of Jay Chou CDs and about 15 DVDs (mostly legitimate), many which are recommendations from Fei. I also helped Fei select a couple movies which she hasn't watched ... Pirates of the Carribbean, Love Actually, 20:30:40... Her knowledge of movies is actually pretty full and she already knew or had seen most of the movies that I recommended. Plus, her tastes actually tended towards a bunch of Nicole Kidman movies (Moulin Rouge, The Others, The Stepford Wives) or horror movies (The Others, The Ring, and a couple of Chinese horror movies). Actually, her knowledge of Korean movies was pretty good, too and at this point, the store I went to stocked as many legitimate Korean DVDs as they did legitimate American DVDs. After about 18 hours of being in airports and plans, I finally got back to the Bay Area on Tuesday night and rushed over for our completely packed [i]Kung Fu Hustle[/i] screening. I must say that having an enthusiastic audience and a big theatrical screen makes a BIIIIIG difference. I'm going to raise my rating of the movie to [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img] 8/10 after watching it on the big screen because there were definitely alot of hilarious details that I missed upon watching it on DVD. I talked to the PR person for the Bay Area and I'm going to try arrange for screenings for another two Sony Pictures Classics movies: [i]2046[/i] (the latest Wong Kar-wai movie with Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, and Faye Wong) and [i]Saving Face[/i], the opening night movie which I saw at NAATAfest -- a crowd-pleasing Chinese-American lesbian romantic-comedy that you can bring your mom to. Hopefully we can pack those screenings as well. On Friday night, I decided to test out my leg by going out to Rouge with friends. It felt good going out with U.S. friends after being in China for such a long-time. First was dinner in J-town followed by Rouge followed by a recovery dinner at Cafe Baghdad. I don't think my leg is 100% yet -- I'm still doing the cripple dance... In any case, it was definitely alot of fun and I got to dance and chat with pretty much everyone at one time or another so it was definitely a good homecoming experience. Some fun pics, too! [center][url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3389"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3389.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] [left]Amy, Lily, Betty, and Amy S. waiting for a table at the Restaurant over the Bridge in J-Town. We had a hilariously chatty waitress -- I couldn't tell whether she was stir-crazy, high, etc... The first thing she said when she tried to seat seven of us at a small table -- "Why are you guys all so tall?" I think that question as probably more directed at the girls... Hmm, I wish I took a photo of Lily's awesome boots for Etchy... [center][url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3395"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3395.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] Amy, Lily, Betty, Amy S., Jen, and someone that noone introduced me to :P... Oh, and Derek floating around in the background -- looks like he's eyeing some bartop dancers... [center][url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3403"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3403.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3412"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3412.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] The coquettish Betty and Amy S.. [url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3411"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3411.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] And I like this picture, too... [url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3415"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3415.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3416"][img]http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/albums/20050401-Rouge/CIMG3416.thumb.jpg[/img][/url] Afterwards, in addition to being ravenously hungry, I think the majority of our party were too tipsy to drive so we got silly and loud at Cafe Baghdad, now an even MORE popular place for post clubgoers in the Castro. [left][b][url="http://swang.jilted.cn/gallery/20050401-Rouge"]Here's a link to the full photo album...[/url][/b] [/left] [/center] [/center] [/left] [/center] [/left] [/center] [/left] [/center] [/left] [/center] [/left] [/center]
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