Moonlight Express

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Moonlight Express
Film poster
Traditional 星月童話
Simplified 星月童话
Mandarin Xīng Yuè Tóng Huà
Cantonese Sing1 Jyut6 Tung4 Waa2
Directed by Daniel Lee
Produced by Catherine Hun
Ichiese Taka
Screenplay by Law Chi-leung
Yumiko Aoyagi
Susan Chan
Yeung Sin-ling
Starring Leslie Cheung
Takako Tokiwa
Michelle Yeoh
Music by Henry Lai
Cinematography Venus Keung
Chan Chi-ying
Thomas Yeung
Edited by Eric Kwong
Azrael Chung
Mei Ah Film Production
Media Factory
JC Production
Distributed by Mei Ah Entertainment
Release date
1 April 1999 (1999-04-01)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$5,565,570

Moonlight Express is a 1999 Hong Kong-Japanese romance film directed by Daniel Lee and starring Leslie Cheung and Takako Tokiwa.


Hitomi (Takako Tokiwa), a Japanese resident, comes to Hong Kong after the death of her fiancé Tetsuya (Leslie Cheung) in a fatal accident to settle several important matters surrounding his demise. Although the incident was years ago, it has apparently left an indelible mark in her life as she could not forget him.

Enter Kar-bo (also played by Cheung), an undercover cop, was involved in a drug bust-up which would later incriminate him. Hitomi stumbles into him and was amazed that he looked remarkably similar to her dead lover. They soon found themselves having strong feelings for each other, although at the same time, he has to flee to China as things have gone from bad to worse for him.

What invariably follows is a constant cat-and-mouse game of running away from authorities who were tipped off as to his location and only ends when Kar-bo reached a ranch belonging to an old friend (Michelle Yeoh). Surprisingly, Hitomi, although conscious as to the fact that Kar-bo can never be as close to being the real Tetsuya, endures his hardships with him unfailingly and tests the resolve of both these troubled lovers.


  • Leslie Cheung as Shek Kar-bo / Tetsuya Misawa
  • Takako Tokiwa as Hitomi
  • Michelle Yeoh as Michelle
  • Yuka Hoshino as Tomoko
  • Jack Kao as Gene
  • Austin Wai as Officer Ko
  • Liu Kai-chi as Officer Tung
  • Jimmy Wong as Officer Tung's detective
  • Lee Heung-kam as Tatsuya's landlady
  • Mars as Officer Tung's detective
  • Jude Poyer as Michelle's customer at club
  • Bak Ka-sin as Mahjong player
  • Sam Lee as Mahjong Player
  • Rocky Lai as Taxi Driver
  • Lo Yuen
  • Ho Fat-ming
  • Tang Chiu-ying
  • Fook Tin-shun
  • Chang Kin-yung as Policeman
  • Simon Cheung as Policeman
  • Chan Po-chun
  • Lee Kim-wing

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