Soul Mate (2016 film)

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Soul Mate
Soul Mate (2016 film) poster.jpeg
Poster
Chinese七月与安生
Directed byDerek Tsang
Screenplay byLam Wing Sum
Li Yuan
Xu Yi-meng
Wu Nan
Story byAnni Baobei
Produced byPeter Chan
Jojo Hui
StarringZhou Dongyu
Sandra Ma
CinematographyJake Pollock
Fisher Yu
Edited byDerek Hui
Li Dianshi
Zhou Xiaolin
Tan Xiang-Yuan
Music byPeter Kam
Yusuke Hatano
Production
companies
Jike Film (Shanghai)
Beijing Jiaying Pictures
Alibaba Pictures Group
We Productions
Horgos Jiamei Film
Tianen Entertainment
Shanghai Jike Media
Wo Men Ya Bo Si Film Distribution (Beijing)[1]
Distributed byBeijing Jiaying Pictures
Wo Men Ya Bo Si Film Distribution (Beijing)
Sanyue Guyu (Beijing) Meida
Jike Film (Shanghai)
Huaxia Film Distribution
Release date
  • September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14)
Running time
110 minutes[2]
CountryChina
LanguageMandarin
Budget$8 million (Estimated)[3]
Box officeCN¥166.9 million[1]

Soul Mate is a 2016 Chinese romantic drama film directed by Derek Tsang, based on the novel of the same name by Anni Baobei.[4] It stars Zhou Dongyu and Sandra Ma.[2] It was released in China on September 14, 2016.[1]

Plot[edit]

Thirty year-old working woman Li Ansheng's life in Shanghai is suddenly disrupted by the publication of a novel, entitled "Qiyue and Ansheng", a chronicle of her friendship with Qi Yue during her youth. Coupled with an accidental encounter with Su Jia Ming, a past love, her long repressed memories are unleashed with the force of a tsunami. The two girls seemed destined to become friends from the moment they entered high school. Though they were unseparable and believed that their bond would last for the rest of their lives, the cruelty of youth eventually led them to separate paths. Even more shocking is the discovery of a long buried secret shared by the women - a secret that serves as an emblem of their youth and the proof of their friendship.[3]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 9 reviews.[5]

Edmund Lee of South China Morning Post commended the film for transcending its potentially cloying premise to tell a story of friendship and love that’s at once melancholy and very emotional.[6] Both Zhou and Ma were credited for the film's success with their skillful displays of raw emotion.[6]

Soul Mate received 7 nominations at the annual Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards in 2016, and made history with a joint Best Actress win.[7]

Accolades[edit]

Awards Category Nominee Results Ref.
53rd Golden Horse Film Awards Best Director Derek Tsang Nominated [8]
Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Won
Sandra Ma Won
Best Screenplay Lam Wing Sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yi-meng, Wu Nan Nominated
Best Makeup & Costume Design Dora Ng Nominated
Best Original Film Song "(It’s Not A Crime) It’s Just What We Do" Nominated
12th Chinese American Film Festival Golden Angel Award Film Won [9]
23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Won [10]
Films of Merit Soul Mate Won
11th Asian Film Awards Best Director Derek Tsang Nominated
Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Nominated
36th Hong Kong Film Award Best Film Nominated
Best Director Derek Tsang Nominated
Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Nominated
Sandra Ma Nominated
Best Screenplay Lam Wing-sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yi-meng, Wu Nan Nominated
Best Cinematography Jake Pollock, Jing-Ping Yu Nominated
Best Editing Derek Hui, Li Dianshi, Zhou Xiaolin, Tan Xiang-Yuan Nominated
Best Art Direction Zhai Tao Nominated
Best Costume Make Up Design Dora Ng Nominated
Best Original Film Score Peter Kam, Yusuke Hatano Won
Best Original Film Song "(It’s Not A Crime) It’s Just What We Do" Nominated
Best New Director Derek Tsang Nominated
1st Malaysia International Film Festival Best Film Nominated
Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Nominated
Best Screenplay Lam Wing-sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yi-meng, Wu Nan Nominated
Best Cinematography Jake Pollock, Fisher Yu Nominated
8th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Nominated
Sandra Ma Nominated
Best Screenwriter Lam Wing-sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yi-meng, Wu Nan Nominated
Best Hong Kong / Taiwan Director Derek Tsang Won
Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017 ABC Award Soul Mate Won [11]
24th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Film Nominated
Best Screenplay Lam Wing-sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yi-meng, Wu Nan Won
Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Nominated
Sandra Ma Nominated
31st Golden Rooster Awards Best Picture Nominated [12][13]
Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Nominated
Best Directorial Debut Derek Tsang Nominated
Best Editing Derek Hui, Li Dianshi, Zhou Xiaolin, Tan Xiang-Yuan Nominated
17th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Nominated [14]
Sandra Ma Nominated
Best Screenwriter Lam Wing-sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yi-meng, Wu Nan Nominated
2nd Golden Screen Awards Best Director Derek Tsang Won [15]
Best Actress Zhou Dongyu Won
Ma Sichun Won
Best Screenplay Lam Wing-sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yi-meng, Wu Nan Won
34th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Picture Soul Mate Nominated [16][17]
Best Director Derek Tsang Nominated
Best Writing Lam Wing-sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yi-meng, Wu Nan Won
Best Actress Ma Sichun Nominated
Zhou Dongyu Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Li Haofang Nominated
Best Newcomer Toby Lee Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "七月与安生(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "七月与安生 (2016)". Douban (in Chinese). Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Soul Mate". Internet Movie Database.
  4. ^ "安妮宝贝"七月与安生"登银幕 周冬雨马思纯主演". NetEase (in Chinese). 8 December 2015.
  5. ^ "SoulMate (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Film review: Soul Mate – Zhou Dongyu, Ma Sichun excel in friendship drama". South China Morning Post. 26 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Soul Mate stars make history with joint Golden Horse Best Actress win". The Straits Times. 27 November 2016.
  8. ^ "53rd". goldenhorse.org.tw.
  9. ^ "第十二屆中美電影節星光熠熠——開幕式暨金天使獎頒獎典禮耀動洛城". cafilmfestival.org. Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  10. ^ "Winners Announced for 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards". easternkicks.com. 23 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Winners of Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017". Asian Film Festivals. March 12, 2017.
  12. ^ "金鸡奖提名:《潘金莲》领跑 范冰冰周冬雨再争影后". ifeng (in Chinese). August 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "邓超范冰冰分获影帝影后《我不是潘金莲》成金鸡大赢家". ifeng (in Chinese). September 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "第17届华语电影传媒盛典公布提名名单". Mtime (in Chinese). August 29, 2017.
  15. ^ "Golden Screen Awards: China's 'This Is Not What I Expected' Takes Top Honor". The Hollywood Reporter. October 29, 2017.
  16. ^ "第34届大众电影百花奖提名名单公布". Netease (in Chinese). November 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "《红海行动》斩获百花奖五项大奖 吴京拿下最佳男主角 成龙黄晓明亮相红毯". Mtime (in Chinese). November 10, 2018.