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Eve and the Fire Horse (2005)

Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking ... See full summary »

Director:

Julia Kwan

Writers:

Julia Kwan, Yipeng Ben Lu (translation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Kut ... Eve Eng
Hollie Lo Hollie Lo ... Karena Eng
Vivian Wu ... May-Lin Eng
Chit-Man Chan ... Frank Eng
Ping Sun Wong Ping Sun Wong ... Grandmother
Joseph Siu Joseph Siu ... Uncle #8 (as Joseph Siu Kin Hing)
Shirley Ng Shirley Ng ... Auntie #8
Diane Buermans Diane Buermans ... Cousin Colleen
Franco Maravilla Franco Maravilla ... Cousin Edward
Jessica Amlee ... Sally
Pawan Gill Pawan Gill ... Surinder
Wendy Russell ... Sister Agnes
Julia Tortolano ... Becky
Matias Hacker Matias Hacker ... Mr. Right
Chris Shields ... God's Witness #1 - Fred
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Storyline

Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking for some meaning for her life, especially after her mother, May-Lin Eng, miscarries, and her paternal grandmother passes away, the latter event particularly concerning not so much for the event itself but the circumstances leading to the death. The Engs follow traditional Buddhist philosophy, primarily as a cultural tradition. While her husband Frank Eng is away in China dealing with his mother's burial, May-Lin doesn't stop their eldest daughter, Karena Eng, from pursuing knowledge of and eventual faith in Christianity, most specifically Catholicism. May-Lin sees it as a cushion for ensuring a good life and good after-life, as much of Christian teaching follows that of Buddhism anyway. Eve follows in her sister's footsteps. While Karena becomes a devout Catholic to the expense of her Buddhist ... Written by Huggo

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Official Sites:

Official site [Canada]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csodavilág See more »

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Budget:

CAD1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Alexander Ludwig. See more »

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In the same spot where Ottawa is listed as capital of Ontario, Fredericton is also spelled wrong - the movie spells it Fredricton. See more »

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Beautiful Film
29 January 2006 | by ArizWldcatSee all my reviews

I saw this at Sundance, and was quite taken with the film. It's about two little Chinese sisters who are confused about what religion to follow. They live in Canada, where there are many cultures represented. They receive mixed messages from their family and from their teachers and religious leaders. This is a gentle film about their struggle to understand the differences. I especially enjoyed the clever portrayal of childish imagination. The younger girl (Eve) is prone to fantastical daydreams, which are seamlessly blended into her real life. All of the actors involved did a great job. The film was colorful and easy to watch, and while not particularly fast paced, the plot moved along at a good pace and never dragged.


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