Sunday, January 17, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
Writer: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Producers: Thomas Gammeltoft
Executive Producers: Dag Alveberg and Johan Mardell
Co-producers: Oscar L. Costo (China) and Vivian Wu (China)
Cast: Bjarne Hernriksen, Vivian Wu, Lin Kun Wu, Paw Henriksen, Charlotte Fich, Chapper Kim, Laura Bro, Peder Pedersen, Thomas Gammeltoft,Matthias Sparre-Ulrich, Jeppe Kaas, Johan Rabaeus, Morgene Rex, Winding Refn and Buppa WittayaNicholas
Original Music: Gisle Kverndokk
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Country of Origin: Denmark
Language: Danish
Genre: Drama, Romance

A 2005 film by director Henrik Ruben Genz, Chinaman centers areound a Danish plumber grief stricken by his wife's abandonment after 25 years of marriage, and subsequent divorce. He agrees to wed a Chinese woman in exchange for the money he needs to pay the divorce settlement.

Keld, the plumber, speaks no Chinese. Ling (the Chinese woman) speaks no Danish. They meet when Keld starts eating at a Chinese restaurant every evening and the proprietor proposes Keld marry his sister so she can remain in Denmark.

Despite the fact that they cannot speak to each other, and the marriage is never consummated, these two fall deeply in love.

But there are no happy endings for this story. One of the major characters dies before the end of the film, adding incredible sadness to the film as well as a great deal of sentimentality over lost love.