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Intimates (1997)

Zi shu (original title)
Foon escapes an arranged marriage by walking the road of a Ji Sor. After an affair with Shing, she becomes pregnant. An attempted abortion nearly costs Foon her life. Wan, the young owner ... See full summary »

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Tang Hsiao
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carina Lau ... Yu Huan
Charlie Yeung ... Yi Fen
Ah-Lei Gua ... Auntie Fen - Aged Huan (as Ya-Lei Kuei)
Theresa Lee ... Hui
Winston Chao ... Hua
Wei Tung ... Chen Yao-Chung
Kar Lok Chin ... Wang Cheng
Cher Yeung ... Wan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Min Guo Min Guo ... Chung's 3rd wife
Meichun Han Meichun Han ... Chung's 6th wife
Xiaozhen Jiang Xiaozhen Jiang ... Chung's 2nd wife
Te-mao Jin Te-mao Jin
Wenyan Lang Wenyan Lang ... Chung's 5th wife
Hsin Li Hsin Li ... Chung's 7th wife
Zuoyun Lu Zuoyun Lu ... Huan's mother
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Storyline

Foon escapes an arranged marriage by walking the road of a Ji Sor. After an affair with Shing, she becomes pregnant. An attempted abortion nearly costs Foon her life. Wan, the young owner of a silk factory, rescues her. Wan and Foon share their romances, reflecting the experience of women during the 40's. Written by <ssrich@cityu.edu.hk>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

23 October 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Self Comb See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 117 minutes; full Director's Cut is 162 minutes long. See more »

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Featured in The Truth About Jane and Sam (1999) See more »

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One of the tenderest love stories ever portrayed on film
13 December 2004 | by katydid41See all my reviews

The arc of this film is compelling and the central love story so tender that my heart warms at the memory of it. However the secondary actors' work and their scenes are sometimes ragged and unsure. I am not sure why this is but it is. It is almost as if a second director handled those chores. The scenes between the two main characters are so delicate and precise, and the love scene so passionate (even though very short) that I am surprised by the film each time I've viewed it. Carina Lau and "Charlie" Yeung are completely convincing in their devotion to one another.

There is even a clever "mystery" woven into the storytelling mode. I own a VHS of this 117 minute version.

I understand a director's cut version of 162 minutes is the "real thing" and I suspect it is even better than this HK censor's cut. I have been trying to buy a director's cut but cannot find it. If anyone reading my words knows how I can get hold of the longer version please let me know.

This film poses the unstated question: "Can committed mature love ever be wrong?" and it answers with a resounding "NO!". Very enlightened and humane story and I wish there were more of them. As a happy resident of the enlightened "Bay Area" I was delighted in my surprise that this film came out of China (HK).


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