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Lunch with Charles (2001)

Tong and April are married, but have been estranged since she moved to Vancouver three years ago to pursue her career. Tong decides to go look for her because he thinks she's having an affair.


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Michael Parker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ching Wan Lau ... Tong (as Sean Lau)
Nicholas Lea ... Matthew
Theresa Lee ... April
Bif Naked ... Natasha
Françoise Yip ... Cora
Tom Scholte Tom Scholte ... Tom
Philip Granger ... Charles
Peter Wilds Peter Wilds ... Samson
Simon Kendall Simon Kendall ... Finnegan's Take #1
Tom Landa Tom Landa ... Finnegan's Take #2
Geoff Kelly Geoff Kelly ... Finnegan's Take #3
Shannon Saunders Shannon Saunders ... Finnegan's Take #4
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... Finnegan's Take #5
Peta Brookstone Peta Brookstone ... Prince Albert Motel Waitress
Kelt Eccleston Kelt Eccleston ... Charlie (The Super)


Three years ago, April's career allowed her to emmigrate to Canada. She has been working happily ever since. Her personal life, however, is in turmoil. Her husband, Tong, remains in Hong Kong, where he struggles to make it as a singer/songwriter. Since marrying, he has had to eke out a living as a realtor. Unfulfilled, and increasingly insecure about his talents, he is terrified to emigrate to Canada. If he cannot succeed in his own country, in his own language, how can he possibly attain fulfillment in Canada? When Tong finally comes to Canada, hoping to appease his wife, he meets another woman... Written by Anonymous

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Hong Kong | Canada


English | Cantonese

Release Date:

14 January 2001 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Yu Chalisi wu can See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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This was the first-ever co-production between major trading partners Hong Kong and Canada. See more »


Parting Glass
Written by Geoff Kelly, Tom Landa, Simon Kendall
Performed by Bif Naked & Finnegan's Take
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Stop and smell the roses
11 February 2001 | by brainaSee all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect, and I was thoroughly impressed with all aspects of this film. The acting, scenery, score (I'm a big Paperboys fan(Finnegan's Take in the movie) and storyline were fresh and real. It was refreshing to see Vancouver being portrayed as Vancouver, for once - not a front for a Pacific Northwestern State like so many other movies, and the "inside" Vancouver jokes had most of the audience laughing out loud. I recommend this film to anyone who lives in the Vancouver area and/or anyone who needs to sit back, relax and become whimsical and hopeful, despite all the bumps along the road of life.

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