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Yi Sheng Yi Shi (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $417,558Details
International Box Office $36,590,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $37,007,558
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But Always follows two friends and later lovers, Anran and Zhao Yongyuan, as they meet in childhood in Beijing in 1982, repeatedly separate without goodbyes, reunite or fail to rendezvous in assorted torrential downpours and pine for each other at their favorite bus stop. Because the movie’s opening sequence is set in New York in 2001 — and prominently features shots of the twin towers — “But Always,” told in flashback, leaves little doubt about how it will end. Watching it means waiting for the other shoe to drop: anticipating the moment when this already tacky weepie will resolve itself in horrific, exploitative fashion.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 9,101-9,200) 9,134 $417,558
All Time International Box Office (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,946 $36,590,000
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 3,101-3,200) 3,150 $37,007,558
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,445 $417,558

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 5th, 2014 (Limited) by China Lion Film Distribution, released as But Always
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 106 minutes
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Keywords: 1970s, China, Beijing, New York, Romance, Love Triangle, 9/11, Non-Chronological
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Emperor Motion Picture
Production Countries: China

Leading Cast

   An Ran
   Zhao Yongyuan

Supporting Cast

Tong Dawei   
Jack Kao   
Suet Lam   
Xiao Che   


Qin Hao    Himself
Anya Wu    Herself

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Production and Technical Credits

Yibai Zhang    Producer
Karen Fu    Producer
Jonathan Hua Lang Lim    Producer
Albert Yeung    Executive Producer
Maurice Li    Editor
Zhang Jia    Editor
Li Bingqiang    Director of Photography

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/09/05 42 $140,000   19 $7,368   $140,000 1
2014/09/12 40 $95,000 -32% 20 $4,750   $311,564 2
2014/09/19 - $35,000 -63% 16 $2,188   $388,878 3
2014/09/26 66 $11,177 -68% 7 $1,597   $417,558 4

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