C'est la vie, mon chéri

This article is about the Chinese film. For the television series starring Fiona Sit and Chen Kun, see C'est La Vie, Mon Chéri (TV series).
C'est la vie, mon chéri

DVD cover
Traditional 新不了情
Simplified 新不了情
Mandarin Xīn Bù Liǎo Qíng
Cantonese San1 Bat1 Liu2 Cing4
Directed by Derek Yee
Produced by Alexander Chan
Written by Derek Yee
Starring Lau Ching-wan
Anita Yuen
Carina Lau
Music by Chris Babida
William Wu
Cinematography Peter Ngor
Tam Tsi-wai
Edited by Mei Fung
Eric Kwong
Film Unlimited Production
Distributed by Newport Entertainment
Release dates
Running time
105 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$31,149,673

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.


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

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Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
13th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film C'est la vie, mon chéri Won
Best Director Derek Yee Won
Best Screenplay Derek Yee Won
Best Actor Lau Ching-wan Nominated
Best Actress Anita Yuen Won
Best Supporting Actor Paul Chun Won
Best Supporting Actress Fung Bo Bo Won
Carrie Ng Nominated
Best Art Direction Yee Chung-Man Nominated
Best Costume Makeup Design Dora Ng Nominated
Best Original Film Music Chris Babida Nominated
Best Original Film Song Song: C'est la vie, mon chéri (新不了情)

Composer: Chris Babida
Lyricist: Wong Yuk
Singer: One-Fang

30th Golden Horse Awards Best Director Derek Yee Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Derek Yee Nominated
Best Actress Anita Yuen Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Paul Chun Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Fung Bo Bo Nominated
Best Original Film Score Chris Babida, William Wu Nominated

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.


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.

See also


  1. C'est la vie, mon chéri at HKMDB
  2. C'est la vie, mon chéri at chinesemov.com

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Succeeded by
Chungking Express
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