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Eighteen Springs (1997)

Ban sheng yuan (original title)
In 1930s Shanghai, a young office girl falls in love with a factory worker in the same company.

Director:

Ann Hui

Writers:

Kin Chung Chan, Eileen Chang (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Leon Lai ... Shen Shijun
Chien-Lien Wu ... Gu Manzhen
Anita Mui ... Gu Manlu
You Ge ... Zhu Hongcai
Annie Wu ... Shi Cuizhi
Lei Huang ... Xu Shuhui
Zhiwen Wang ... Yu Jin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Qi Chen Qi Chen ... Manzhen's grandmother
Lian Duan Lian Duan ... Shuhui's father
Jun Jiang Jun Jiang ... Shijun's father
Changwei Liu Changwei Liu ... Fang Yipeng
Jing Lu Jing Lu ... Wen Xian
Yunfang Wu Yunfang Wu ... Manjing's mother
Haohong Xu Haohong Xu ... Ah Bao
Yindi Zhang Yindi Zhang ... Shijun's mother (as Yin-Tai Chang)
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Storyline

Factory worker Shijun encounters an office girl, Manjing, as they work in the same company together. Manjing's sister, Manlu, is a dance hostess who works to support her family, and who marries a rich client. Shijun belongs to a well-to-do family of merchants in Nanjing. They fall in love, but a tragic turn of events shatters their happiness. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Half Life Fate See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although she spoke the language, this is the first and only film in which all of Anita Mui's lines were done in Mandarin. See more »

Connections

Version of Affair of Half a Lifetime (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Half Life Fate
Music by Kuo-lun Huang
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Leon Lai
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Good story spoiled by bad production
28 November 2003 | by zzmaleSee all my reviews

Joint production by Hong Kong and China, which spelled the doom of the film. Famous actors such as You Ge from mainland China, where the film was shot, and produced, for the sake of cost reduction. However, as other mentioned, the Chinese standard of production is not up to the standard and thus ruined a good script and cast.


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