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Lunch with Charles (2001)

Tong and April are married, but have been estranged since she moved to Vancouver three years ago to pursue her career. Tong decides to go look for her because he thinks she's having an affair.


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Michael Parker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ching Wan Lau ... Tong (as Sean Lau)
Nicholas Lea ... Matthew
Theresa Lee ... April
Bif Naked ... Natasha
Françoise Yip ... Cora
Tom Scholte Tom Scholte ... Tom
Philip Granger ... Charles
Peter Wilds Peter Wilds ... Samson
Simon Kendall Simon Kendall ... Finnegan's Take #1
Tom Landa Tom Landa ... Finnegan's Take #2
Geoff Kelly Geoff Kelly ... Finnegan's Take #3
Shannon Saunders Shannon Saunders ... Finnegan's Take #4
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... Finnegan's Take #5
Peta Brookstone Peta Brookstone ... Prince Albert Motel Waitress
Kelt Eccleston Kelt Eccleston ... Charlie (The Super)




Three years ago, April's career allowed her to emmigrate to Canada. She has been working happily ever since. Her personal life, however, is in turmoil. Her husband, Tong, remains in Hong Kong, where he struggles to make it as a singer/songwriter. Since marrying, he has had to eke out a living as a realtor. Unfulfilled, and increasingly insecure about his talents, he is terrified to emigrate to Canada. If he cannot succeed in his own country, in his own language, how can he possibly attain fulfillment in Canada? When Tong finally comes to Canada, hoping to appease his wife, he meets another woman... Written by Anonymous

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No Mystery at All
Written by Simon Kendall
Performed by The Lunch Lizards, with vocals by Ching Wan Lau (as Sean Lau) & Bif Naked
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Romantic tragicomedy-drama
10 January 2001 | by FelanSee all my reviews

Ok, here goes nothing. This movie has two basic plots, which interlace to become one main plot. Basic plot one: Tong, a Hong Kong realtor, and his wife April, a business woman, have been estranged for three years since she moved to Canada to pursue a career. Neither one wants to leave their country to be with their spouse. April sends Tong her wedding ring, and he comes to look for her in Canada. Basic plot two: Natasha, a down-to-earth, spiritual former vocalist and her boyfriend, Matthew, a yuppie and a romantic, own a rustic bed and breakfast in the wilderness. Matthew wants commitment, but Natasha isn't sure, as she has never truly experienced being alone. They argue, and she leaves, to rejoin her band, whos singer has fallen ill. Main plot: April and Matthew meet, and travel together to Banff. Tong and Natasha meet, and travel together to Banff. Hold onto your socks.

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Hong Kong | Canada


English | Cantonese

Release Date:

14 January 2001 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Yu Chalisi wu can See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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