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Behind the Yellow Line (1984)

Yuen fan (original title)
Lesile is a young guy that uses the MTR everyday, and one day, he sees a beautiful lady (Maggie Cheung) on the train and likes her immediately. On the other hand, he also knows a tomboy (... See full summary »

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Taylor Wong

Writers:

Lawrence Cheng, Kwok-Jim Lo (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Leslie Cheung ... Paul
Maggie Cheung ... Monica
Anita Mui ... Anita
Anthony Chan ... Ng Wai (as Friend Chan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lap Ban Chan
Lawrence Cheng ... Waiter
Mang-Ha Cheng ... Paul's mother
Alfred Cheung ... Alfred Cheung
Szu-Ying Chien
Titus Ho Titus Ho
Kam-Ming Kwan Kam-Ming Kwan ... (as Gam-ming Kwan)
Nick Wai Kei Lam
Kit-Man Mak ... Kit-Man Mak
Michael Mak ... (as Don Kit Mak)
Kai-Keung Sze ... (as Gai-Keung Si)
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Storyline

Lesile is a young guy that uses the MTR everyday, and one day, he sees a beautiful lady (Maggie Cheung) on the train and likes her immediately. On the other hand, he also knows a tomboy (Anita Mui) on the train too (and she likes him too!). Then, with side-kicks like Chan and others the chase of love in the MTR system begins. Written by Angie "Cougar Walk" Lau <cougar_walk@bigfoot.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

3 October 1984 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind the Yellow Line See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,069,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marks the film debut of the City-State's then newly christened mass transit system where several MTR terminals and platform locations are featured. Hong Kong's state-of-the-art MTR system conduits span over 80 kilometers and keeps over 2 million daily commuters on the move daily. The English title/phrase for 'Yuen Fun' refers to the metaphor for destiny for single Hong Kong youths meeting their true loves while "Behind The Yellow Line". See more »

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Successful rom com from the Shaw Brothers studio
9 November 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

When people speak of the Shaw Brothers film studio they're usually discussing their run of outstanding martial arts movies which really are second to none. However, people do forget that Shaw dabbled in other genres, including spy films, gangster thrillers, comedies, family dramas, and yes, romance. BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE is a Hong Kong romantic comedy focused around that region's newly-opened subway system.

I should make it clear now that I despite romantic comedies on the whole. They're the opposite of what I go for in the cinema. Saying that, BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE is a pretty good example of its genre, and a film that even I enjoyed on occasion. I watched it mainly to see the three cast members in early roles: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, and Anita Mui, and all are good value. Leslie Cheung is far from the doomed and tragic persona he would become, instead playing a likeably geeky part. Maggie Cheung is the love interest and paves the way for later fare like POLICE STORY and even IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. Anita Mui is as spunky as ever and shows some of the great personality that would make her a driving force in both Hong Kong cinema and music.

The film is fast-paced and made with the usual painstaking attention to detail that characterised many a Shaw movie. There's plenty of humour here to go with the romance, my particular favourite moment being the madcap, sped-up driving test through the streets of the city. My dislike of the genre as a whole is the only thing that prevents me from rating this film more highly.


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