Pursuit of Love

 (161)3.61 h 46 min202013+
Amidst the sweeping cityscape of cosmopolitan Hong Kong, an ex-Marine falls in love with a ballerina from China. Against mounting cultural and religious pressure, the two star-crossed lovers risk it all in pursuit of true love.
Stanley J. Orzel
Sean FarisWill Yum LeeTerence Yin
English [CC]
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3.5 out of 5 stars

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BlueOrchidReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Maybe there is a sequel?
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I never wrote a movie review, don't even know where to start. But I was struck by many of the comments about the ending. Yes, the movie creates a slow and steady absorbing crescendo and then leaves you hanging at the edge of your emotional seat. There is no final resolution, no happy ending. Just a bit of shock and a million questions. But that is also part what makes it compelling and unique. Definitely not Hollywood made. It is slow and profound. Realistic love story albeit a bit corny at times. But isn't love corny? The meeting of 2 very different people from very different cultures, and how a relationship develops - not based on sex and physical magnetism, although it is there like an undercurrent. These are real people with real lives and their own personal battles. Somehow, their destinies merge. It is a beautiful thing. If you are shallow are prefer Hollywood polytechnics and rampant sexual lust, you will find this movie slow and boring. Otherwise, you will find it beautiful. Great cinematography, panorama, music, elegance. I recommend. And a sequel would be interesting.
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FloreadsalotReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Frustrating end
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Loved the movie hated the ending. It might have worked fine it the scene before had not featured her crying while ex bf is waiting for her. I mean did she go back to him, did she go back to Hong Kong dance company? I mean what happened?!
12 people found this helpful
LodestarReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
What happens when a decent movie runs out of funding
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The movie was slow but decent with reasonably interesting characters. The plot was fairly shallow and took way too long to develop which would be forgivable if it ever matured and finished up. The ending wasn't a cliff hanger or thin, it was non-existent. Investing this much time in a movie that doesn't have enough self-respect to finish it's own narrative is a loss without reward.
6 people found this helpful
R0nin02Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
The ending will leave you with an angry scream!
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Cute. Slow, but good. Corny, but holds on to you because I enjoyed the somewhat build up. But the ending left you in complete tatters, broken, unanswered questions and a scream! Why? Between their resources, friends, they couldn’t find a way back to one another? I’m drained.
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HeartlandLiberalReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not your usual romantic film, but much, much more. WATCH IT.
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I never take time to write reviews of movies. But for this one, I have to make an exception. This was one of the more profoundly moving movies we have watched lately. A quite, slow paced film about people discovering each other across cultures and falling in love. With some of the most realistic dialog and acting I think I have ever seen in a film. This will NOT meet any of your stereotypes for a romantic film. It is not a comedy. It is profoundly moving and satisfying. A revelation of two hearts and minds. Watch it.
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The OwlReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely...and then it's over
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Their love story is absorbing -- because of the actors, their physical beauty and charm, their chemistry, the enormous cultural/ethnic gulfs. A believable love story for today's world.
And then, before it ends, with the crucial loose ends completely unresolved and new loose ends suggested, the movie ends. "Unsatisfying" isn't a strong enough word. If the rest of the movie weren't so enjoyable, this director's mistake would have been fatal. But I recommend it anyway -- for everything that comes before it doesn't end.
As someone suggested, a sequel seems in order. Hopefully, one is coming.
chatteycathiReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Where's the ending?!!
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There WASN'T an ending! They just added the credits! Too bad. Someone in charge must have said, "O.k. We're done here. Out of money. End it." I've really never seen a movie without an ending...
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OliviaReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie but the ending was confusing and undesirable.
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The movie was a little bit too slow for me. It was weird how Anna spoke Mandarin, while her friend Mei Mei spoke Cantonese. It was bit distracting. Plus, this was Hong Kong and people speak Cantonese there. Why was he learning Mandarin? I mean I understand HK is part of China but people still speak Cantonese. I also preferred they started the movie with Michael already being in HK for some time and knew the language a little bit and also leave the whole story of his fiance dumping him out. This would have saved some time to concentrate on how Micheal and Anna's relationship developed. All in all, I love the the chemistry between the actors. Sean Faris and Grace Huang were believable as lovers. I would love to see them again in another movie...maybe an action film. :) I also like the chemistry of the characters between Michael and Stanford and between Anna and Mei Mei. The ending needed more answers.
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