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  • Actors: Shu Qi, Liu Ye
  • Directors: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: China Lion
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DA16FK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Li Peiru (Shu Qi, The Transporter) moves to Beijing from Hong Kong to make a living as an aggressive real estate mogul. She s an opportunist alcoholic who s not looking for love, instead being content with her career and her affair with a married man. But in a romantic twist of fate, she ends up falling in love with Fang Zhendong (Liu Ye, Curse of the Golden Flower), a local policeman who is honest, rigid and a devoted caregiver to his autistic brother. Can the couple s new relationship survive the traumatic events in store for them? This contemporary romantic melodrama explores every aspect of love.

BONUS features: In Mandarin with English and Chinese Subtitles

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Beauty within and without defined.
Gene Cisco
She goes to extraordinary lengths to find him, and proves her love by caring for him in his time of need.
NickJ
It is a very Chinese story of endurance of hardship.
Deanna

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By NickJ on January 29, 2012
Format: DVD
I completely disagree with the review below expressing disappointment with this film. I loved it. The female lead undergoes a complete transformation from a shallow, money-hungry manipulator to a loving and caring person. She starts out being uninterested in the advances of the male lead, but after realizing her life is empty, she seeks him out. Meanwhile, he has been badly injured and forced to retire to a life of dependency. She goes to extraordinary lengths to find him, and proves her love by caring for him in his time of need. Qi Shu probably does the best cinematic portrayal of a woman who is absolutely in love that I have ever seen.

Like most Chinese films, this one has a few corny moments, but I liked the film so much that I've watched it several times, which I rarely do. Qi Shu really gives a tremendous performance, and he's very good as well. If you want to watch a heart-warming love story and are willing to let the plot evolve, you shouldn't be disappointed. Hint: If you don't like her character at first, persevere - her transformation is well worth the wait.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on January 18, 2013
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This is a good movie. The actors do a great job. The woman, Peiru, is a successful real estate agent in Beijing, who has personal issues, and so drinks too much. Fang is a quiet, hardworking, honest police officer. They meet by chance. They meet by chance a couple of times. She asks for his number. Although it is never stated, it seems as though she recognized how solid and stable he was and was drawn to him, especially since she's all over the place in her personal life. There was never any romantic pursuit from him. I think he thought she was out of his league. She kept calling him to get her out of messes or to help her out. He always did even though he began to see that she was an emotional mess. I really liked Fang. The actress playing Peiru is really beautiful and she's a good actress. When the twist in the story comes, we see how they weather the storm. It is a very Chinese story of endurance of hardship. Those who are used to the high action movies of the West might think this movie slow moving. I think the writer and director did a great job at taking their time with character development. This was well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gene Cisco on March 5, 2014
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What a surprising discovery after 40+ Hong Kong so-so films, to find the radiant Shu Qi (Li Peiru) in her role of a lifetime, opposite the solid Liu Ye (Fang Zhendong) playing opposites who literally fall together, Shu Qi the materialistic striver; and Liu Ye, a lowly Hong Kong street cop. This script allows each to grow into their need for each other over time, through many personal challenges, financial hardships and family expectations to work through their differences. Fang already has an obligation to care for his autistic brother when they first meet. The masterful direction (Andrew Lau) makes things evolve with such a phenomenal subtlety that you are feeling their longing naturally in this very contemporary script of a modern changing world ( Tang Kit Ming), drawn to such clarity by the photographers (Lau/Lai Yui Fai) that the pair becomes the envy of the hardest heart. This is the film that depicts the new cinema capital. Shu Qi transforms herself into a major actress here in a movie you will see over and over allowing for enough hankies. Beauty within and without defined.
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