Model student Qiyue and free-spirited Ansheng are the best of friends, forming their inseparable bond from the moment they met as children. Soon their loyalties are put to the test when a boy and the cruelties of youth lead them down separate paths. Years later, a web novella based on their lives surfaces, forcing Ansheng to confront the decade of memories shared between her and Qiyue, and ultimately uncovering a deep secret.
Adapted from popular Chinese novella July and Ansheng, Soul Mate features the formidable young Chinese actresses Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun. Discovered by Fifth Generation Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou, 24-year-old Zhou Dongyu is one of the most talented actresses in contemporary Chinese cinema. In Soul Mate, Zhou’s chemistry with her onscreen soul mate Ma Sichun is the key ingredient in portraying an epic saga about friendship as authentic and relatable.
Poignant, poetic and unforgivingly intimate, Soul Mate is Hong Kong director Derek Tsang and producer Peter Chan’s heartfelt contribution to mainland Chinese and Hong Kong co-productions.
Derek Tsang 曾國祥 (in attendance)
Derek Tsang 曾國祥
Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung 曾國祥 is a University of Toronto graduate. He began his film career with Pang Ho-Cheung, and found himself appearing in numerous film projects including Golden Chicken (2002), AV (2005), and Isabella (2006). Tsang’s directorial debut Lover’s Discourse made its Canadian premiere at Reel Asian in 2011.