Temporary Family

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Temporary Family
Temporary Family poster.jpg
Directed by Cheuk Wan-chi
Starring Nick Cheung
Sammi Cheng
Oho Ou
Edko Films
Release date
  • 21 August 2014 (2014-08-21)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office US$18,936,753[1]

Temporary Family (失戀急讓) is a 2014 Hong Kong comedy film.[2]


Hong Siu Long proposes to his girlfriend, but is rebuffed, and given an ultimatum that means he must double his fortune in one year or break up. As he contemplates as to how to do this Hong, a realtor, is engaged by a client wanting a quick sale of a luxury apartment, and willing to accept a below market price bid. Together with Charlotte, a would be client who just happened to be in the office, his colleague Very Wong, and his step-daughter Lui Yuen Ping, Hong decides to buy the apartment as a speculative venture. The four combine their assets for the deposit and given the ever rising property prices expect to quickly sell the apartment for a profit.

However, to their dismay, just as they complete the purchase, the Hong Kong government introduces measures to slow the property bubble, especially measures to prevent speculation by wealthy mainland Chinese seeking to move their capital offshore. What seemed like a surefire bet has now become a white elephant, and the four are stretched to keep up the mortgage repayments. To cut costs all four move in together becoming a temporary family.

In their attempts to sell the apartment the four become closer and come to care for each other. Becoming more than just unwilling housemates, Charlotte prevents Lui from prostituting herself, and when it is revealed that the apartment was the marital home of Charlotte and her ex-husband, Lui votes alongside Charlotte to prevent the sale of the apartment and saves Charlotte from being humiliated by her ex-husbands new girlfriend; all rally around Hong when he is made redundant and dumped by his girlfriend.

With their cash reserve eaten away by mortgage repayments, and the bank on the verge of foreclosing the four have one last chance to sell the apartment for a profit and not lose everything.


Realtor, has given up his principles to get ahead in the Hong Kong realty business
Divorcee, who has only ever been a homemaker
Courier, Hong Siu Long's step-daughter
Realtor, Hong Siu Long's protege, son of a wealthy father wanting to make his own way in the world
Charlotte's ex husband, Yeung Lin's boyfriend
Mainland Chinese tycoon
Air hostess, Hong Siu Long's girlfriend
Daughter of a wealthy gallery owner, Tsui Chi Chung's meal ticket

Cameo appearances[edit]

"Friend" of Charlotte and her husband, Charlotte's social rival
Hong Kong Mid-levels District Councillor


It has grossed HK$16,535,069 in Hong Kong and ¥100,436,001 in China.[1]


  1. ^ a b "TEMPORARY FAMILY". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
  2. ^ Kevin Ma (26 August 2014). "The Four finale tops China box office". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.

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