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Tuan Yuan

Apart Together

Wang Quan’an (Director)

Lisa Lu (Actress)

Monica Mo (Actress)

Jin Na (Actress)

Monica Mo (Actress)

Wang Quan’an (Director)

Lisa Lu (Actress)

Lutz Reitemeier (Cinematographer)

Anatol Weber (Moderator)

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Over fifty years after the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China on the Chinese mainland and the founding of the island republic of Taiwan, permission is given for the first time for a group of ex-soldiers of the National People’s Party or Kuomintang to travel from Taiwan to China and be reunited with family members in Shanghai.
These soldiers fought bitterly against Communist troops during China’s civil war from 1927 onwards, until they were forced to retreat to Taiwan in 1949. One of the comrades-in-arms travelling with the group to his former home in Shanghai is an ageing soldier named Lui Yansheng. His reason for embarking on this journey is not to see the family members he left behind on the mainland but to find the one and only love of his life, Qiao Yu’e, whom he was obliged to leave behind in Shanghai without a word of farewell, and their son, who was born after he took flight.
After having made contact via letter, he manages to arrange a meeting during which he quickly realises that Qiao Yu’e, who has founded a family with an officer in the People’s Liberation Army, still feels the same way about him as before. It’s not hard for Liu Yangsheng to persuade his former partner to go back with him to Taiwan. He hopes that, by promising to leave his entire savings to her husband and their children, he will be able to secure the family’s agreement. But his proposal gives rise to a huge outcry in the family. Qiao Yu’e situation would seem to be quite hopeless – until her husband suffers a brain haemorrhage and almost dies …

People's Republic of China 2009, 93 min

DIRECTOR

Wang Quan'an

CAST

Lisa Lu
Ling Feng
Xu Caigen
Monica Mo
Ma Xiaoqing

WORLD SALES

Celluloid Dreams