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Directed by Mike Newell
Produced by Roger Randall-Cutler
Written by Timothy Mo (novel)
Ian McEwan, screenplay
Starring Sylvia Chang
Danny Dun
Music by Richard Hartley
Cinematography Michael Garfath
Edited by Mick Audsley
Distributed by Curzon
Release date
  • 1988 (1988) (UK)
Running time
110 minutes
Language English

Soursweet is a 1988 British film directed by Mike Newell. The screenplay was written by Ian McEwan from the novel Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo.


The story, set in the 1960s, is a comedy drama about a young Hong Kong Chinese couple who emigrate to England and start a family. Initially Chen works long hours in a Chinese restaurant while his wife Lily looks after their baby, dreaming of the day when they can open their own business. When Chen becomes indebted to Triads through gambling he decides it is time for his family to go at it alone.



  • Golden Hugo (Best Feature Film) - Chicago International Film Festival (nominated)


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