China's Film-makers Depict Winter

Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996)

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Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996)

IMDb rating: 8.1/10

Comrades: Almost a Love Story is a 1996 Hong Kong film starring Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai, directed by Peter Chan. The title refers to "Tian Mi Mi", a song by Teresa Teng whose songs are featured in the film. It was shot on location in Hong Kong and New York City.

The film, spanning years, centers on two young people from Chinese mainland who migrate to Hong Kong to make a living, and end up falling in love.

Leon Lai plays a naive Northerner, Li Xiaojun, and Maggie Cheung plays Li Qiao, an opportunist Cantonese speaker from Guangzhou, who takes advantage of mainlanders for financial gains.

The loneliness of living in the big city inevitably brings the two into a passionate love affair. [Photo/movie poster]
The first half of the film takes place in Hong Kong’s winter, which is cool but not cold. [Photo/still frame of Tian Mi Mi]

Known for its huge skyscrapers and neon lights, Hong Kong is a vibrant and colorful destination unlike any other. Beyond its eye-catching façade, the city is also awash with cultural venues, beautiful religious sights and great food.

January/February is the best time to experience Hong Kong festivals, as it is the time when Spring Festival and Lantern Festival are celebrated. Hong Kong is one of the best places to experience these two Chinese festivals. Christmas in Hong Kong is also a world-class event.

This time of year is ideal for seeing Hong Kong’s New Territories. While it will probably be too cold for sunbathing on the beach, there are some great hikes across Hong Kong's hills and valleys.

A visit to Hong Kong Wetland Park is also recommended. But you don't need to be plotting grand walks to enjoy the sunshine; it's also a fantastic time to explore the city's bustling streets, from the markets to Central’s skyscrapers.

Shopping is a big draw for many visitors, with options ranging from hidden gems along the side streets to bustling markets and flashy malls. With no sales tax you are sure to pick up a bargain wherever you decide to shop. [Photo/Sipaphoto]


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