In Mandarin with Chinese and English Subtitles
Director: Jiu Ba Dao, Vincent Fang Wen Shan, Chen Yi Xian, Mickey Huang Zi Jiao
Cast: Van Fan Yi Chen, Megan Lai Ya Yan, Blue Lan Zheng Long, Annie Liu Xin You, Alan Ke You Lun, Tammy Chen Yi Rong, Tseng Kai Xuan, Ethan Ruan Jing Tian,
Tracy Chou Cai Shi, Alec Su You Peng, Ken Chu Xiao Tian, Wang Zi, MoDi , Makiyo, Lu Yi Ching
RunTime: 1 hr 33 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Official Website: http://filmko.pixnet.net/blog
Opening Day: 2 April 2009
Four love stories by four talented Taiwanese first-time directors – well-known lyrist, Vincent Fang Wenshan; TV host, Huang Zijiao; online novelist, Jiu BaDao; and commercial director, Chen Yixian.
staring at attractive Taiwanese idols for 90 minutes is your
thing, then you’ll find this omnibus of four stories
about love right up your alley. But if it’s not, you
had best stay away from this movie because there’s really
nothing much here to grab your attention except the eye candy
First on the list is singer Van (from Cape No 7) and Megan
Lai. The two play a young couple who love each other as much
as they like playing with their Star Wars light sabres- his
blue and hers orange. Their love story unfolds in a non-linear
fashion with a fair bit of melodrama thrown in. Alas online
novelist Jiu Bai Dao’s writing/directing debut rests
on a premise that borders on incredulity and when revealed,
will probably leave you frowning.
Next up is Annie Liu, popstar Lens and TV actor Blue Lan in
a triangle love story directed by famous lyricist Fang Wen-Shan.
This is probably the worst of the four stories, because it
looks and feels like an extended MTV. Again an attempt to
inject tragedy and melodrama into the story makes it unnecessarily
complicated. Its only saving grace is its meaningful quote
repeated at the start and the end, a reflection on how there
cannot be love without memory (expressed with much more flair
in the movie ‘Away From Her’).
The third story is the most unfathomable one. Headed by Ethan
Ruan (of You’re My Destiny) and Alice Tzeng (from Secret),
the two play a bickering pair of lovers who learn how to reconcile
their differences just before Alice Tzeng’s stewardess
character flies off. This segment is helmed by music video
director Chen Yi-Xian and while it starts off promising, it
ends in a particularly unfulfilling climax. Moreover, the
deliberately slow unfolding of events tests your patience
even through its short runtime.
Quite fortunately, the movie ends with a surprising delight
in an exaggerated comedy starring Tracy Chou. She plays a
young girl who can’t seem to find love, and begins questioning
everyone around her about her unfortunate predicament. Director
Huang Zijiao uses a riot of colourful characters and over-the-top
scenarios to engage and entertain you thoroughly. Yes, as
you’ve probably guessed, this is also the best of the
four short stories here.
Indeed, don’t expect to learn any lessons about love
going into this popstar fuelled vehicle. There’s nothing
here that hasn’t been said in all the Taiwanese love
dramas you can find on the goggle box. Just go in for the
fun of star-gazing and you’ll find this a harmless diversion.
For anyone looking for anything else, you’re better
off leaving this alone.
cast, unremarkable stories, unaccomplished directing. Only
good if you’re in the mood for star-gazing)
Review by Gabriel Chong