Film Review: Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) by Peter Chan

By Kun-Yu Lai

“Comrades: Almost a Love Story” is director Peter Chen’s best work, and is not just a simple love story. It also talks about the imagination of self identities in this diverse society.

In 1985, Hong Kong’s development is booming. Lots of immigrants come to the city to find a better chance of making a living. The main character, Li Xiao-jun (Leon Lai), who was born in China, also moves to the city. He wants to make enough money to marry his girlfriend, Fang Xaioting, in his hometown. While he struggles in living in the big city, he encounters another girl, Li Qiao (Maggie Cheung), who is also from China, with similar background.

They become best friends because they are the only ones who support each other in this foreign metropolis. The close friendship turns into an ambiguous love, without them even noticing. When
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