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An Autumn's Tale
MandarinQiū Tiān Dí Tóng Huà
CantoneseCau1 Tin1 Dik1 Tung4 Waa2
Directed byMabel Cheung
Produced byDickson Poon
John Shum
Written byAlex Law
StarringChow Yun-fat
Cherie Chung
Danny Chan
Music byLowell Lo
CinematographyDavid Chung
James Hayman
Edited byLee Yim-hoi
Cheung Kwok-kuen
Chu San-kit
Chan Kei-hop
Kwong Chi-leung
Distributed byD&B Films
Release date
Running time
98 minutes
CountryHong Kong
LanguageCantonese (main)
English (some scene)
Japanese (some scene)
Box officeHK$25,546,552

An Autumn's Tale is a 1987 Hong Kong romantic drama film set in New York City starring Chow Yun-fat, Cherie Chung, and Danny Chan. The film is Mabel Cheung's second directorial effort after her 'migration trilogy.'

The film won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film, Best Cinematography (James Hayman and David Chung) and Best Screenplay (Alex Law);[1] Chow was nominated for Best Actor for three films that same year, but won for his performance in Prison on Fire. On the other hand, Chow won his second Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for his role in this film in 1987. Cherie Chung was nominated for Best Actress and Lowell Lo was nominated for Best Original Score, respectively. The film was ranked #49 on the Hong Kong Film Awards' Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures.


El campopuerto rican genealogy records. Jennifer Lee (Chung) travels from Hong Kong to New York City (on Northwest Orient Airlines) with plans to study with her boyfriend, Vincent (Chan). Samuel Pang (Chow) is a relative of Jennifer who arrives at the airport (La Guardia Airport not JFK) with two friends, Cow and Bull to pick her up. Not comprehending with the airport security officer, Pang shouts welcoming Japanese phrases in hopes of getting inside. Illegally parking his car at a no-parking zone, Pang rushes his friends to escort Jennifer from the airport.

Arriving at her apartment, Pang introduces Jennifer to her room. He warns her to be careful using the fridge, as it is run by gas, which is constantly leaking, but his voice is muffled by a passing train. Pang leaves letting Jennifer know that she may stamp on the floor if she needs anything, as he lives downstairs.

The next day, Jennifer wakes up Pang to have him show her how to take a train to meet Vincent. Pang jokes the train station is like a labyrinth and is dangerous for a girl like her to go there by herself. He insists driving her to the train station. Waiting for Jennifer to change, he comments women are 'cha bo', meaning trouble. Pang ridicules Jennifer not knowing English.

Waiting in the train station, she sees Vincent with a girl named Peggy (Cindy Ou). Anxiously, Jennifer attempts to hide from Vincent but is caught before she could walk out from him. Vincent did not expect to see Jennifer at the train station, or he would have not been to Boston to see a baseball game with his girlfriend. Vincent felt it was childish of Jennifer to travel to New York City to send him a box of dolls from Hong Kong. Infuriated, Jennifer walks back to the car and throws the box of dolls on the street and which is run over by Pang's car.

Later that night, Pang answers a call made by Vincent because Jennifer would not answer. He told Jennifer to meet with him for lunch at Silver Palace restaurant the next day. Coincidentally, Pang works as a busboy at the restaurant and overhears their conversations. After saving enough money, Jennifer meant to study in New York as a means to be with Vincent. Vincent tells Jennifer to explore the city and meet new people than to follow him everywhere. When he tells her this, she finds out he is leaving for Boston tomorrow.

Depressed, Jennifer goes home and makes a pot of tea; the fridge is not closed properly. Pang smells gas from upstairs and investigates; he finds a passed out Jennifer. He takes her downstairs and has someone call the fire department. Seeing Jennifer lovesick for Vincent, Pang takes her out for a walk.

The next day, Jennifer goes to a restaurant in Chinatown. While she eats an egg sandwich, Pang walks in and sees her too; Jennifer disregards having eye-contact with him and turns aside. Pang is about to sit with Jennifer, only to have a friend from another table call him. Pang greets them and moves toward Jennifer's table. He tries a piece of Jennifer's egg sandwich and calls a staff member over to order extra plates of food for both of them, for no extra charge. Pang helps Jennifer build a bookcase and decorate her room. She tells him she found a part-time job as a babysitter to pay for her rent, but would need second job for her tuition and other expenses. He finds her grandfather's watch, but the strap is worn. Unsure she has enough money for a watchstrap, let alone a Broadway show, Pang goes to buy tickets for her the next morning. Not knowing Jennifer was busy, he did not have a chance to tell her he had tickets for the show, he tried to sell the tickets, claiming they were for Bull, when she asked.

Jennifer climbed off the NJ Transit bus to help Pang with a NYPD officer outside the theatre, but would be late for her babysitting job, so Pang insisted driving her there. He stripped the car and rebuilt it, so she would not have to hold onto the broken door. Concerned, Pang runs to her and asks why she will not go in. She is anxious and asks Pang to accompany her.

Pang spent all his money and asks Cow and Bull to give him some money to gamble. Bull is reluctant to give some because he wants to save it for his new restaurant. Bull pays the gangs $400.00 each week, but is still not enough from keeping them destroying his property.

Tony, one of Mrs. Sherwood's (Gigi Wong) boyfriends wants to hire Jennifer as a waitress for his restaurant. Pang is suspicious of the owner, but offers to try the restaurant. Jennifer assures him it is not necessary, but would love for him to visit her there. Pang declines, with work on his mind. He later visits Jennifer, and is led to an expensive restaurant called 'The Big Panda'.Unable to read the English menu, he has the waiter order a simple menu for him. The waiter takes advantage of this position and charges the highest-priced items onto the bill.

While babysitting Anna (Joyce Houseknecht), Tony visits Jennifer and walks with to the garden. Mrs. Sherwood recently came home and sees Tony flirting with Jennifer, and calls for her to leave immediately. Having heard Jennifer losing her babysitting job, Pang and his friends go to The Big Panda restaurant to beat up the owner.

They spend their morning trying to sell her dolls for money. Walking past a vendor, Jennifer sees a watchband she likes; unfortunately it is out of her budget ($800). At the park, she sees Vincent with Peggy but wants to flee. She asks Pang if she looks better than Peggy. Pang did not care how others looked, or how others looked at him, as long as he kept his dignity. He told Jennifer that it was his dream to open a restaurant on a pier on the beach, and name it Samuel Pang.

Next morning, Samuel Pang wrote on his mirror—three commandments and five goals; one goal being 'If you want it, go for it', in this case Pang going for 'cha bo', Jennifer.


Pang is holding a party, and invites Jennifer, but does not tell her it his birthday. Vincent heard she was at a party, so he talked with Jennifer the entire night. The conversation became awkward when he mentioned he broke up with Peggy. Pang, serving guests leaves because he does not think he will have a chance with Jennifer. He went drinking and gambling until Bull asks for more money to pay off the gangs. Frustrated, Pang gathered a group of friends drove in search for the gang and beat them up.

Jennifer wanders in Pang's room sees a mirror written with words by him. He wrote his name, age, and birthday in English. Feeling lonely, she walks across a park and sees Anna at her school. Mrs. Sherwood sees her. Mrs. Sherwood acknowledges that it was Tony that flirted with her she invites Jenny to move with Anna in Long Island.

Pang comes back to his apartment the next morning and finds his room with a Jennifer's graduation certificate. To congratulate her, he buys the watchband as a gift. The old man did not accept his offer, so Pang sold his car for the watchband. Excited to see Jennifer with the gift, he runs to her apartment only to see Vincent helping Jennifer move furniture in his car. She gives him her address. They exchange gifts and assumes she has gotten back with Vincent. After hesitation Pang runs after her after she leaves. Unable to catch up as the car turns up the highway ramp, he walks to a beach. He opens his gift and finds her grandfather's watch. Soon Jennifer opens her gift and realizes it is the watch band she had wanted and cries.

Some time afterwards Jenny is walking with Anna at the beach where she and Pang had walked, they meet at a pier with a restaurant named Sampan. After calming himself down, Pang greets her by asking 'Table for two?'.


Main Cast:

  • Chow Yun-fat as Samuel Pang aka 'Sampan'[a]
  • Cherie Chung as Jennifer Lee
  • Danny Chan as Vincent, Jennifer's boyfriend

Secondary Cast:

  • Cindy Ou (also transliterated as Wu Fu-sheng[4][b]) as Peggy, Vincent's other girlfriend
  • Arthur Fulbright (also transliterated as Ching Yungcho[5][c]) as Samuel Pang's friend
  • Gigi Wong [zh] as Mrs. Sherwood
  • Chan Yui-yin
  • Joyce Houseknecht as Anna Sherwood, daughter of Mrs. Sherwood
  • Wong Man as Jennifer's mother (cameo)
  • Brenda Lo as May Chu, Jennifer's friend (cameo)
  • Tom Hsiung


The ending of the film shows that Jennifer and Pang exchanged gifts. Pang gave the beautiful watch band while Jennifer gave him her grandfather's watch. This was based on The Gift of the Magi by American short story writer O. Henry.

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At the end of the film, a sign on the right of Samuel Pang's restaurant, 'Sampan', is mislabelled as 'Sampman'.

Filming Locations[edit]

  • Williamsburg Bridge - bridge where Pang and Lee drive over as well as passing shots during film
  • Brooklyn Bridge - bridge where Pang runs to chase after car with Jennifer and Vincent
  • Manhattan Bridge - night view from archways at Adam Street and Monroe Street
  • John V. Lindsay East River Park and/or Brooklyn Bridge Park - park scenes involving Pang, Lee
  • Hoboken Terminal - train station Vincent arrives with Peggy
  • New York Public Library Main Branch - location where Pang and Lee sell the hand made dolls
  • La Guardia Airport - pickup area where Pang parks his car
  • New York City Chinatown - various restaurant scenes (inside and out)
  • Lower East Side (73 Monroe St) - location of Samuel Pang's home
  • Greenwich Street - where Big Panda was located and scenes facing then World Trade Centre
  • Metropolitan Opera House - passing shot
  • Ocean Grove Pier, New Jersey - SAMPAN restaurant.
  • East River Promenade, New York - Flower for Jennifer by old man.


The first car driven by Pang is a two door Pontiac Ventura Spirit, followed by a larger Cadillac convertible.

Box office[edit]

The film grossed HK$25,546,552 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 16 July to 25 August 1987.

Awards and nominations[edit]

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Awards and nominations
7th Hong Kong Film AwardsBest FilmAn Autumn's TaleWon
Best DirectorMabel CheungNominated
Best ScreenplayAlex LawWon
Best ActorChow Yun-fatNominated
Best ActressCherie ChungNominated
Best CinematographyJames Hayman, David ChungWon
Best Original Film ScoreLowell LoNominated
24th Golden Horse AwardsBest Feature FilmAn Autumn's TaleNominated
Best DirectorMabel CheungNominated
Best ActorChow Yun-fatWon
Best ActressCherie ChungNominated
Best Original ScreenplayAlex LawNominated
Best CinematographyDavid ChungNominated
24th Hong Kong Film AwardsBest 100 Chinese Motion PicturesAn Autumn's Tale (#49)Won

See also[edit]


  • Ford, Stacilee (2008). Mabel Cheung Yuen-Ting's An Autumn's Tale. Hong Kong University Press. ISBN9789622098947.


  1. ^ In the Cantonese version he nicknamed himself 船頭尺; 'Plimsoll line' (Ford used 'boathead' as the transliteration). But 船頭尺 actually a Xiehouyu (or a double entendre): Plimsoll line is used for '度水' (measuring water), but '度水' also means 'borrow money' in Cantonese.[2] This context of the nickname was explained by Pang 's friend in the film (in Cantonese version); In Mandarin version he use 船頭舵; 'Rudder'. In one scene it was revealed that his real name is Samuel Pang, while the nickname 船頭尺 was written on a certificate. In the ending, he named his restaurant as 'Sampan' and it was also used in the English subtitle and secondary source as the alias of the character.[3]
  2. ^Known in Chinese as Chinese: 吳福星; pinyin: Wú Fúxīng; Jyutping: ng4 fuk1 sing1; Cantonese Yale: ngh fūk sīng. Credited bilingually as Cindy Ou / 吳福星 in this film and '吳福星' only in the previous film of the director Illegal Immigrant
  3. ^ Known in Chinese as Chinese: 荊永卓; pinyin: Jīng Yǒngzhuō; Jyutping: ging1 wing5 coek3; Cantonese Yale: gīng wíhng cheuk Credited bilingually as Arthur Fulbright /荊永卓 in this film and '荊永卓' only in the previous film of the director Illegal Immigrant
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  1. ^'Hong Kong Film Awards' (in Chinese). Official website of Hong Kong Film Awards.
  2. ^wiktionary:yue:船頭尺
  3. ^Bettinson, Gary (29 July 2015). Directory of World Cinema: CHINA 2. p. 161. ISBN9781783204007.
  4. ^'An Autumn's Tale'. Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  5. ^'The Illegal Immigrant'. Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Retrieved 24 July 2020.

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External links[edit]

  • Chou Tin Dik Tong Wah on IMDb
  • An Autumn's Tale at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase
  • Autumn's Tale at Rotten Tomatoes
  • An Autumn's Tale at AllMovie
  • An Autumn's Tale at the Hong Kong Cinemagic
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English Title An Autumn Tale
DirectorEric Rohmer
Year / Length1998 112 mins


It’s early autumn in the bucolic setting of the southern Rhone valley and Isabelle (Marie Rivière), a bookstore manager, and her husband are planning the wedding of their daughter Émilia (Aurélia Alcais), while her friend Magali (Béatrice Romand), a widowed wine-grower, is preparing for the grape harvest. Concerned that Magali is lonely now that her daughter has grown up and left home, Isabelle secretly places a lonely-hearts ad on her behalf in the local newspaper.

When a prospective candidate, Gérald (Alain Libolt), responds, Isabelle pretends to be Magali and meets up with him in order to gauge his suitability. Meanwhile, Rosine (Alexia Portal), the girlfriend of Magali’s son Léo (Stéphane Darmon), is also concerned about Magali’s loneliness. She plots to introduce Magali to Étienne (Didier Sandre), her former philosophy teacher and lover who she wants to set up with someone closer to his own age. However, as everyone gathers for Émilia’s wedding reception, carefully laid plans begin to go awry..

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