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Eve and the Fire Horse (2005)

Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eve Eng
Hollie Lo ...
Karena Eng
May-Lin Eng
Chit-Man Chan ...
Frank Eng
Ping Sun Wong ...
Joseph Siu ...
Uncle #8 (as Joseph Siu Kin Hing)
Shirley Ng ...
Auntie #8
Diane Buermans ...
Cousin Colleen
Franco Maravilla ...
Cousin Edward
Pawan Gill ...
Sister Agnes
Julia Tortolano ...
Matias Hacker ...
Mr. Right
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Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking for some meaning for her life, especially after her mother, May-Lin Eng, miscarries, and her paternal grandmother passes away, the latter event particularly concerning not so much for the event itself but the circumstances leading to the death. The Engs follow traditional Buddhist philosophy, primarily as a cultural tradition. While her husband Frank Eng is away in China dealing with his mother's burial, May-Lin doesn't stop their eldest daughter, Karena Eng, from pursuing knowledge of and eventual faith in Christianity, most specifically Catholicism. May-Lin sees it as a cushion for ensuring a good life and good after-life, as much of Christian teaching follows that of Buddhism anyway. Eve follows in her sister's footsteps. While Karena becomes a devout Catholic to the expense of her Buddhist ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csodavilág  »

Box Office


CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Feature film debut of Alexander Ludwig. See more »


In one of the classroom scenes, the capital of Ontario, Canada is marked as "Ottawa". Ottawa is the capital of Canada, but Toronto is the capital of Ontario. See more »


The Red Chamber Dream
From the recording "The Red Chamber Dream"
Songs belong to the Chinese People
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beautiful, charming film!
9 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i was fortunate to catch a screening of this film during the 2006 Sundance film festival "Best of Fest" screenings.

beautiful, unexpected, very witty. narrated through the eyes of a young Chinese girl growing up in canada. her vivid daydreams seamlessly blend with reality, adding a charm and humor that lingers long after the film is over.

Visually, this film is a treat--sometimes unexpected, yet always appropriate, it enhances and expands the emotion of the story. music, dialogue are well-crafted; the rare subtitle here and there manages to leave the flow of the movie uninterrupted.

phoebe kut is wonderful as eve; her interaction/relationship with her predictably "wise" older sister as they weather the unpredictable difficulties of merging Chinese superstition and Buddhism with Western culture and Catholicism is very believable.

yu ching, as eve's mother, perfectly evokes emotion as she quietly bears sorrow and heartache and strives to enlighten her children with love and laughter.

try to catch a screening of this film somehow--it's a gem!

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