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With: Maggie Cheung, Leon Lai, Eric Tsang, Len Berdick, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung, Yue Ding, Christopher Doyle, Michelle Gabriel, Irene Tsu, Kristy Yang
Written by: Ivy Ho
Directed by: Peter Chan
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, with English subtitles
Running Time: 118
Date: 11/02/1996

Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Maggie Maze

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Starring the luminous Maggie Cheung and spanning ten years, Peter Chan's Comrades, Almost a Love Story depicts Maggie's on-again, off-again romance with Leon Lai (a pop star in real life). Both have fled to Hong Kong from China hoping to avoid Communist rule, and both feel like strangers in a strange land. Like a more weighty When Harry Met Sally... you writhe in painful pleasure as these two destined lovebirds keep missing each other over several years. It's a wonderful and bittersweet but highly romantic film. The San Francisco-based Tai Seng Video has released this unsung classic on DVD.

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