But Always

Synopsis: A snapshot of young love in the 1970s: two school friends, growing up in Beijing, both with different backgrounds and different families. As time progresses their relationship grows and so too do their families. Separated, they lose touch, only to rekindle the romance in New York City, but now having to face the fact that they both have established lives and established loves. Nicholas Tse and Gao Yuanyuan star in this intimate and moving portrayal of two people falling in love again after being separated by time and distance and deciding whether their present love or a future love will triumph.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Snow Zou, Zhang Buniu
Production: China Lion Distribution
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min




Nice to see you, you're back.


It's me, Anran.

When I was 4, the Tangshan earthquake affected many areas.

Almost everyone

slept on the streets in Beijing that summer.

To an innocent child,

those were the happiest days of my childhood.

No school,

I played with other kids

in the neighborhood all day long.

Whose kid is this?

Sit down, Anran! I want a word with you.

People are sick in Tangshan,

they need Mommy's help.

What about me?

You must learn to take care of yourself,

be a doctor when you grow up

Like me, understand?


Listen to Daddy.

Attention, members of the rescue team!

Gather at the east gate, we'll be leaving soon.

Attention, members of the rescue team!

We're leaving,

please meet at the east gate right away!

I'll do it...but I'm not very good.

Mommy can fix it when she comes home.

But I knew she wasn't coming home.

The rescue team had an accident in the earthquake area.

Dad didn't want to admit it.

Tongjia Lane,

please get off here.

Dad transferred me to a new school far away from home,

because he didn't want the neighbors to gossip

about me not having a mother.

Hey! Girl!

Are you from Hong Kong?

Where is that? Does King Kong live there?

Stupid! You don't even know where it is?

She's wearing leather shoes!

Give Anran a big cheer!

Sun Yuejin, be quiet!

Give Yongyuan a big cheer!

Give Yongyuan a big cheer!


- Well? - I gave it to her.

"Anran, I hear you have good grades,"

"can you help me with my homework?"

"Salute, Sun Yuejin!"

Anran, our assignment is Questions 4-6?

- Yes. - What about the last one?

- No. - OK, thanks.

Yongyuan, keep an eye on Anran for me.

Hurry up! Go!

Since that day,

this Zhao Yongyuan started to follow me around.

I was so annoyed with this filthy bugger,

I decided never to speak to him.

But it happened,

I was the one

who initiated our first conversation.

I recall that day was extremely cold.

Why do you wear such a small hat?

None of your business. My Mom bought it for me.

Why didn't she buy one that fits?

My Mom...

is dead.

Close door, go.

Zhao Yongyuan, you're late again!

And no red scarf, write him up!

I can see. The electric bill won't pay itself, you wastrel!

What are you looking for?

Look at this...

See the holes you made in this blanket?

Even Grandma can't fix them.

Wait till next spring,

if I have extra money,

I'll get someone to fix it for you.

Come here!

Come here!

Change your scarf!

Change it!

I don't want to write you up,

or for the teacher to punish you.

Change it!

My turn!

- Four! - One!

Zhao Yongyuan, you're not playing?

Mom, hawthorn fruit candy.

OK, I'll buy it for you

Grandma, want some?

Where did you get that?

A classmate gave it to me.

A classmate?

Those kids always bully you.

Who would buy you fruit candy?

You steal it?


I didn't steal it!


Did you steal it?

You're getting out of hand!

You'll end up in jail some day.

I'll be letting your parents down if I let you off easy.

It's not easy for me taking care of you.

Don't be mad, Grandma! I really didn't steal it.

Just tell me if you want something.

Here, pay your classmate back.

Money for the fruit candy.


Grandma said only a loser would take things from someone.

It's OK, you can keep it.

If you won't take it. I won't ride the bus with you.

Don't worry, just take it.

From now on, I'll follow you wherever you go.

Come on!

The sun shines and the rooster sings.

Flowers awaken while birds groom their feathers.

Birds build new nests while bees make honey.

The happiness of life

comes from the fruit of labor.

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