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SECRET (Taiwan)


Genre: Drama/Romance
Starring: Jay Chou, Kwai Lun-Mei, Anthony Wong
Director: Jay Chou
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




- Trailer
- Making of
- Music Video
- Photo Gallery




Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: Chinese/English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Innoform Media




Jay Chou's directorial debut. This is the first day Lun admitted to Tamkang Secondary School. When he walks through the campus with his classmates, a mysterious piano solo draws his attention. He follows the song and finds that an ethereal girl is playing piano in the old music room. The piano girl is Yu (Guey Lun-Mei), one of Lun’s classmates. The two become intimate friends and spend a lot of time together. “What’s the melody you played the first day we met?” asked Lun, “That’s my secret.” Yu whispered in his ear.


With a Mandarin title which literally translates into “a secret that cannot be told”, all you smart alecks out there must be predicting the plot twist that happens at the end of the film. Is one of the protagonists actually dead? Can one of them actually see ghosts? Are the two of them actually siblings? Is the lovey-dovey couple doomed to be separated forever?

For the benefit of readers who hate spoilers, let’s just say that the conclusion of the movie is something you had seen elsewhere.

But credit goes to Asian superstar Jay Chou for helming this gorgeous picture about how two high school students meet and fall in love, only to be separated by a secret between them. And since Chou stars as the male lead, it is only natural that his character is a gifted piano player with a penchant for music. Make the female lead a music lover as well, and you’d have a pretty love story that will make girls swoon and cry.

The pretty factor of the movie does not stop at the story. You’d be impressed with the picturesque cinematography by Mark Lee (In the Mood for Love, Three Times). The dreamy-like sequences are a romantic ode to those good old school days where first loves and crushes were tender and sweet.

Then there are the pretty stars. Guey Lun-mei (Blue Gate Crossing, Sound of Colours) portrays the female protagonist with the right dosage of cuteness and idealism without coming across as being too sweet for comfort. The sparkle in the 24-year-old’s eyes will lighten up anyone’s moody days. After stylishly driving his race car in Initial D (2005) and donning an armour suit in Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Chou plays what he plays best – a heartthrob schoolboy every girl wants to fall in love with. And it doesn’t take a lot of acting chops to do that, so that’s good for the Golden Horse Award winner.

While you won’t be particularly awed by the story, there are certain tried-and-tested plot lines that will appeal to the romantic in you. Watch out for the scene where the two leads confess their love for each other using a very interesting medium – correction fluid. As amused as we are at the sheer ingenuity of this concept, we were also moved by the Guey and Chou’s emotions.

The music soundtrack is one highlight of this 110-minute movie. The rousing piano pieces and occasionally stirring orchestral cues composed by Terdasak Janpan and Chou himself are a treat to the ears.

Chou’s directorial debut is a decent piece of work that will make teenage fan girls happy, as well as viewers who love their high school romance dramas sweet and touching.


This Code 3 DVD contains 20 minutes of Behind the Scenes footage which features several amusing happenings behind the camera. Watch Chou as he performs his infamous magic tricks, as well as surprise set visits by his mother and director Andrew Lau. His pals from pop group Nan Quan Mama, as well as his father have cameo roles in the movie too. There is a Music Video which is actually a short montage of scenes from the movie. If you wanted to croon to the end title song ‘Secret’, we’d suggest you go to the karaoke pub instead. There are also Trailers and a Photo Gallery in the disc.


The disc’s visual transfer makes the cinematography so mesmerizing that we want to don our school uniforms and go back in time to those days when days were simpler. The soundtrack is available in either Mandarin Dolby 2.0 or 5.1.



Review by John Li



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