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9th(2013)
Comrades: Almost a Love Story
Hong Kong | 1996 | 116min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama

PROGRAM NOTE

Xiao-Jun arrives in Hong Kong by train from Shanghai hoping to be able to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend back home. At a fast-food restaurant where he went to look for a job Xiao-Jun meets Qiao, whose dream is to get rich and enjoy luxurious life. Set in the late 90s when Hong Kong was returned to China, the movie reflects the social situations and changes of the time in the format of soft melodrama.

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DIRECTOR

Peter Chan

Peter Chan was born in Hong Kong, and later pursued studies in the United States. In 1983, he met with John Woo, and from then on he began his career in the fi lm industry. Chan’s directorial debut, Alan and Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye(1991), received the Best Actor award for the Hong Kong Film Awards. In 1992, Chan co-founded the United Filmmakers Organization(UFO) and produced a solid record of box offi ce and critical hits such as Tom, Dick & Hairy(1993), He's a Woman, She's a Man(1994) and Comrades, Almost a Love Story(1996). He's a Women, She's a Man, received 11 nominations for the Hong Kong Film Awards. Comrades, Almost a Love Story also received 11 nominations for the Hong Kong Film Awards and won 9 awards. In 1998, Chan directed his fi rst Hollywood picture The Love Letter for Dreamworks SKG. In 2000, Chan established Applause Pictures, dedicated to pool together talent and investment from different Asian countries to produce quality co-productions. Films produced under the Applause Pictures include Jan Dara(2001), One Fine Spring Day(2001), Three(2002) and McDull, The Alumni(2006). In 2005, Chan decided to take on the China market. His fi rst attempt was Perhaps Love, a musical shot entirely on location in Mainland China. It became one of the year's top-grossing fi lms in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It was also invited as the closing fi lm for the 62nd Venice Film Festival. Chan next directed The Warlords(2007), and produced Derek Yee's Protege(2007). In 2009, Chan further sets his sights on the future developments of the China fi lm market, with a mandate to cultivate a new generation of talent and to transform the face of Chinese-language cinema with original works. He produced Teddy Chen's Bodyguards and Assassins(2009), to huge critical and commercial success. Chan’s next producing-directing effort, Wu Xia(2011), to be invited into the Offi cial Selection in the 64th Cannes Film Festival. In 2012, the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival selected Chan as 'The Filmmaker in Focus' to celebrate his outstanding achievements in the fi lm industry. 
Producer
: Peter Chan, Hui Yuttsan, Eric Tsang
Cast
: Maggie Cheung, Leon Lai, Eric Tsang
Cinematography
: Jingle Ma
Editor
: Chan Ki-hop, Kwong Chileung
Music
: Clarence Hui, Tsang-hei Tsui
Sound
: Dan Ferat
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