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      Chinaman

      2005 1h 28m Romance Comedy List
      Reviews 82% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A Danish plumber (Bjarne Henriksen) falls in love with his Chinese bride (Vivian Wu) after agreeing to an arranged marriage for $8,000. Read More Read Less

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      Georgan G I really liked this movie despite not liking some of the plot. SPOILER ALERT! After knowing his 2nd wife for only a few months he is devastated when she dies, yet his wife of many years got so frustrated with being ignored that she left & he dealt with that better? Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/01/23 Full Review dan m For a Danish/Chinese romantic drama, this actually was pretty good. The main character is very likeable and the ending actually did throw me off a little bit. The title of the movie means "Chinaman" in Danish and there's no way an American remake of this would keep that same name, hah. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A poignant but brief glimpse at the life of a man distraught after his wife leaves him. While I think that some of the supporting characters could have been further developed and the story fleshed out more, I think that the point of the film was to show how quickly and drastically life can change. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm interested to hear about some of your favorite cross-cultural foodie moments. We've been to an Indian restaurant in Paris and a Thai restaurant in Spain.... Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I can't say that this was a great film, because it wasn't. Too many loose ends never connected. Too many possibilities never realized. And overall the characters are not very well explored. But Bjarne Henriksen is truly perfect as the affable but baffled Dane trying to find himself and his way in a world suddenly turned upside down. Vivian Wu is demurely captivating as the damsel in distress. Their interactions with one another evoke the polite awkwardness of cultural foreigners attempting to make the best with and around one another. The plot twists are artificial and serve only to detract from the small but intriguing relationship between Keld and Ling. Supporting characters are one-dimensional and unsympathetic almost uniformly. This wouldn't be such a bad thing if Keld and Ling were left alone to learn the steps to their newly-shared dance. But as often is the case, they aren't. There is undoubtedly a heavy realism in that fact, but it's a sad one all the same in a movie with few other bright spots than when Keld and Ling are conversing through silence. Personally, the most fascinating aspect of this film was watching how people of one culture adapt themselves to another culture. This is something that Americans take more or less for granted. Chinese restaurants are ubiquitous here, but it was interesting to think about the Chinese culture and Chinese entrepreneurs who adapt themselves to any number of other cultures. The language is different but what seems like the arbitrary mish-mash of cultural traditions and expressions is immediately identifiable. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member a VERY touching movie... Was a nice "instant" surprise on Netflix... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A Danish plumber (Bjarne Henriksen) falls in love with his Chinese bride (Vivian Wu) after agreeing to an arranged marriage for $8,000.
      Director
      Henrik Ruben Genz
      Producer
      Thomas Gammeltoft
      Screenwriter
      Kim Fupz Aakeson
      Production Co
      Fine & Mellow
      Genre
      Romance, Comedy
      Original Language
      Chinese
      Runtime
      1h 28m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital