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Status: Released

Runtime: 126

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Language: zh

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  • 1997-09-12

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  • Eighteen Springs
Content Score: 86

8.0/10 (2 votes)


Based on an Eileen Chang novel, a story of romance and fate set in the Shanghai of the 1930s. Manjing (Wu Chien-lien), a young woman from a once-well-off family, works in a Shanghai factory, where she meets Shujun (Leon Lai), the son of wealthy Nanjing merchants. Despite Shujun's reservations about Manjing's family (her sister, Manlu (Anita Mui) works as a nightclub "hostess"), they manage, in stages, to fall in love. The expected progress through engagement to marriage is interrupted, first by Manjing's ambivalence about taking this step, then by Shujun's rejection of her family, and finally by that family's baroquely conceived abuse and enslavement of Shujun. After a long period of seperation, Shujun and Manjing meet, but realize that their happiness remains only in memory, in a nostalgic re-imagining of opportunities missed, understandings never arrived at.


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Director: Ann Hui

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Leon Lai Ming

Leon Lai Ming
as Shen Shujun

Jacklyn Wu

Jacklyn Wu
as Gu Manjing

Ge You

Ge You
as Zhu Hongcai

Anita Mui

Anita Mui
as Gu Manlu

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