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Traditional  新不了情
Mandarin  Xīn Bù Liǎo Qíng
Directed by  Derek Yee
Director  Derek Yee
7.8/10 IMDb

Simplified  新不了情
Cantonese  San Bat Liu Cing
Produced by  Alexander Chan
Box office  31.15 million HKD
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Initial release  11 November 1993 (Hong Kong)
Music director  Chris Babida, William Hu Wei-Li, Stephen Chan
Awards  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Cast  Anita Yuen, Sean Lau, Carina Lau, Paul Chun, Fung Bo Bo
Romance movies  One Day, If I Stay, Love & Other Drugs, Nights in Rodanthe, Silver Linings Playbook

C'est la vie, mon chéri (Chinese: 新不了情) is a 1993 Hong Kong romance film directed by Derek Yee and starring Lau Ching-wan, Anita Yuen and Carina Lau. It won six awards, including Best Film, during the 13th Hong Kong Film Awards.


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The movie is sometimes referred to as C'est la vie, mon chérie even though this is grammatically incorrect in French (either "mon chéri" or "ma chérie" is grammatically correct). The title may be roughly translated as "That's life, my darling/love".

The original Chinese title refers to the classic 1961 Hong Kong film Love Without End (不了情) starring Lin Dai, with the word "new" (新) added in front of it. The storyline is similar, in that the female lead character is also diagnosed with a fatal illness.

An alternative English title is Endless Love.


Min (Anita Yuen), who is part of a Cantonese street opera troupe and a part-time cover artiste, meets Kit (Lau Ching-Wan), a struggling jazz musician who has just broken up with his celebrity singer girlfriend (Carina Lau). Through her bubbly personality, she affects Kit for the better. However, just as their relationship begins to stabilize and win acceptance from Min's family, which includes a strict mother and a doting, saxophone-playing uncle, Min is re-diagnosed with bone cancer, which she had once suffered as a young child.

Cast and roles

  • Lau Ching-wan as Kit
  • Anita Yuen as Min
  • Carina Lau as Tracey
  • Paul Chun as Uncle / Cheung Po-tsai
  • Fung Bo Bo as Min's mother
  • Carrie Ng as Yau Ling
  • Sylvia Chang as Min's doctor (cameo)
  • Jacob Cheung as Fortune teller (cameo)
  • David Wu
  • Sherman Wong as Producer
  • Peter Chan as Cocktail party attendee (cameo)
  • Teddy Chan as Man sitting at bar
  • Jamie Luk as Blacky
  • Eugene Pao as Keung
  • Tats Lau as Tats
  • Herman Yau as Kit's musician friend
  • Andy Chin
  • Joe Junior as Cover singer
  • Joe Cheung as Bartender
  • Lawrence Lau
  • Stephen Yip
  • Kwai Chung as Mr. Cheung
  • Fei Fook
  • Cheung Hung-on
  • Wong Wa-wo
  • Hau Woon-ling
  • Alexander Chan
  • Yu Ngai-ho as Music Company Employee
  • Chan Kim-wan as musician
  • Tsang Cheung
  • Cho Sai
  • Chin Tsi-ang as Min's granny
  • Theme song

    The theme song of the same name C'est la vie, mon chéri (Chinese: 新不了情; pinyin: Xīn bùliǎo qíng) is sung by Taiwanese singer One-Fang.


  • One-Fang: 新不了情 "C'est la vie, mon chéri"
  • Fung Bo Bo: 念情 "Remembering Love"
  • Film score: 晨街 "Morning Street"
  • Film score: 憶兒時 "Childhood Memories"
  • Lee Fung: 搖紅燭 "Shaking the Red Candle"
  • One-Fang: 給我一個吻 "Give Me a Kiss"
  • One-Fang: 不了情 "Endless Love"
  • Film score: 愛芽初萌 "Shoots of a Budding Love"
  • Film score: IN THE MOOD
  • Joe Junior, Louise Tang: 載歌載舞(詐肚痛) "Singing and Dancing (Feigning Abdominal Pain)" (Cantonese)
  • Lee Fung: 補鑊佬 "Remedial guy" (Cantonese)
  • Film score: 返家 "Back Home"
  • Fung Bo Bo: 黎明在望 "Dawn Is in Sight" (Cantonese)
  • Television Series

    In 2008, Derek Yee and CCTV produced a television adaptation of C'est la vie, mon chéri, starring Chen Kun, Fiona Sit, Alex Fong, Candice Yu, and Benz Hui.


    C'est la vie, mon chéri Wikipedia