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Love Me If You Can ( 飞跃情海 / Fei Yue Qin Hai) is a 2003 Taiwanese movie directed by Alice Wang starring Li Wei Chang, Duncan Lai, Ariel Lin, Alice Wang..

This is the story of two young women. One seems to have left the village when she was a child. The other still lives there on her own: odd jobs, small conflicts, small thugs and long walks on her red motorcycle. The film tells their reunion in a Taiwanese port subject to the law of criminals. A friendship that skids, and the violence that brokes.

Xiao Shan lives in a fishing port. When she is 17, her mom took her to visit 6 fortune-tellers. All of them said she is the reincarnation of Liang Shan Bo, and she will face a vital disaster at her age of 25. It will only be resolved if she could meet her lucky guy. And if she failed to meet her Zhu Ying Tai, they won’t meet again any more. However, Xiao Shan had a boyfriend Ah Ben who is working on a ship, so she doesn’t take it seriously.

Xiao Shan has personal loyalty by natural; she often gets hurt because she tried to help others when seeing injustice on the road. She once saw gangleader Zhu Mu and Jie ply with her good friend Xi Si in her betel nut stall, because they could not get money from other place. At the sight of the worse situation, Xiao Shan has to give them 100,000 which she just received of payment for goods and bet with them to leap the port. Although she was injure, she got rid of the problem finally.

Xiao Ying is a cousin of Xiao Shan, and they didn’t meet for years. She was told to work in the marine product shop with Xiao Shan and earn some money to pay the debt of her father. Xiao Ying always believes in heart that there will be a Liang Shan Bo in her life, and it must be her cousin Xiao Shan who look after her since she was a child. As Xiao Ying grew up under the family violence, so she tied all her emotion to Xiao Shan all the time.

Xiaoshan is too careless to become aware of this affection, and she worked as usual in the marine product shop. One day, she met her classmate Qing in a group of customers who ate in her shop. Qing’s husband is a politician. They looked matched for each other in marriage, but actually they just join in the fun on occasion. Qing expressed her feeling to Xiao Shan after the exposure of her husband’s scandal, and then disappeared.

It’s the same seaside, and the sea looks so peaceful. But in the heart of Xiao Shan, Xiao Ying and Ah Ben, there’s billowy love hide deep inside the sea.

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Another weird Taiwanese movie..

A young looking Ariel Lin..

This is a hard movie to describe, if you like this type of movie, where the characters are struggling to express how they feel, then this could be for you. Just an a-okay movie, with good acting and direction, and progresses well until maybe the last twenty minutes.
The story is kind of slow, plodding and unfulfilling..
If you don’t normally watch movies that seek to be emotional and challenge the viewer to become involved, this may be worth a look..

You can give it a go..  The acting was good, and it kind of pulls at the heartstrings a bit.. 🙂

Exit No. 6 (Liu Hao Chu Kou / 六號出口) is a 2007 Taiwanese youth film directed by Lin Yu Hsien starring Eddie Peng, Ethan Ruan, Yoo Ha Na, and Olivia Chen..

Synopsis:
This summer, legendary stuntman Van Dine (Peng), seeking his way out of life around “Exit No.6”, involves in a series of mysterious missing events with buddies Vance (Ruan), Fion (Yoo), Vivian (Chen). During Van Dine’s investigation, all evidence leads to a new Blog “Autumn Leaves Club” The terrifying truth that lies beneath will soon be exposed..

It’s one of those movies with the weird theme on it.. Though when we talk about Edie Peng, you should really expect some weirdness on it.. Just by looking at him.. Haha. 🙂
A wonderful drama about the lives of a few outlawish teenagers. The story follows Van Dine, a total playboy stuntman who with his friend Vance are living the fun life doing Jackass-like stunts to show their friends. The girls in their life Fion, Vivian, and her two sisters always go with them on their adventures. Van also has a cop friend who gets porn from his adult magazine stand from time to time. The controversy appears when Fion gets between Van Dine and Vivians close friendship. Vivian then disappears and now they’re out to find her and why she went away. Using Vance’s hacking skills they think they locate the culprit being an old pervert known as the “Binding Freak”. The color used for this movie is magnificent and all of the characters are absolutely gorgeous. There’s a few moments when it goes a bit beyond the spectrum of reality but its part of the lightheartedness of the film. Its a very cute movie overall and has some very sweet moments. While the ending was a little confusing it all worked out for everyone.

And oh, the soundtrack is amazing.. Looove it.! ^^

Vivian

Fion

Vance and Vandine

The gang

Exit No. 6

Spider Lillies

Posted: April 9, 2010 in Taiwanese Movies
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Spider Lilies ( 刺青; Cì Qīng; literally, “Tattoo”) is a Taiwanese lesbian drama, released in 2007.

Synopsis

Takeko (Isabella Leong) keeps a framed design of the spider lily flower on the wall of her tattoo parlor. The design was literally cut from the flesh of her father, after he was crushed to death in an earthquake.

The image of the spider lily tattoo is the last cohesive memory of Takeko’s traumatized brother, Ching, who is no longer able to recognize anyone, including his sister.

Takeko has the same tattoo of the poisonous flower on her body in the hope of helping Ching remember and bridging the gap between them. Webcam girl Jade (Rainie Yang) visits Takeko’s tattoo parlor, looking for sexy decoration to excite her clientele.

Entranced by the tattoo of the spider lily on the wall, Jade gives Takeko her business card and invites her to visit her on her website where she professes her love for the tattoo artist.

Finally, jade asks takeko to give her the same spider lily tattoo to bring her closer to the object of her desire.

I really find some Taiwanese movies really weird.. It’s one of those films..

Rainie Yang plays cute webcam girl Jade, who wants to get a tattoo to attract her online clients. She visits the tattoo parlor run by Takeko and immediately remembers Takeko to be her childhood crush. Jade sees a stunningly beautiful spider lily pattern on Takeko’s wall. She pleads Takeko to tattoo that on her body as “a mark of love”, without knowing how special this poisonous flower means to Takeko. Takeko pretends to have forgotten Jade, but there are actually traumatic experiences that Takeko can never forget..

And there’s a scene where Ivy Chen kisses Isabella.. Whoa.. Oh well.. 🙂

Other new generation actors who join the cast of Spider Lilies include Jay of Taiwanese duo Awaking, John Shen of Genki Boys, and Kris Shie in his film debut.

Xiao Lu and Takeko

Spider Lillies

Linger

Posted: April 9, 2010 in Taiwanese Movies
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Linger is a 2008 Chinese film directed by Johnnie To starring Vic Zhou, Li Bing Bing, You Yung, Maggie Shiu, Roy Cheung, Wong Yau Nam. It’s approximately 1 hour and 30 mins..

Synopsis:

Tung (played by Zai Zai) is a popular student at his college. He was initially dating Fan, the college’s Queen, but became attracted to Gia (played by Li Bing Bing) whom he fell in love at first sight.

One day, Gia and Tung had a quarrel and when Tung gave chase to Gia on his motorcycle, he had a car accident and died. After the accident, Gia isn’t herself anymore and relies on medication to control her emotions.

Three years have passed since Tung’s death. Gia has graduated and works as a legal assistant in a law firm. Life is busy but she feels empty. She does not know if it is because of guilt or that she misses him.

Her doctor, Dr. Yuen (played by Roy Cheung) advises her to stop the medication and move on with her life. However, once she stops the medication, she begins to see Tung in her dreams. She suspects that her encounters with Tung are real. At the same time, she realizes that her love for Tung is true and she has never stopped loving him.

At this point, Wu (played by Wong Yau Nam) appears in Gia’s life. Wu is a delinquent who has been sent to the reformatory several times and has no permanent occupation. As Wu admires Gia, he is willing to do anything for Gia and she asks him to track down Tung’s father.

The relationship with his father is one burden that Tung cannot let go even after his death. Their relationship has never been good after Tung was beaten by his father in his youth. They drifted further apart when Tung moved out to stay on his own in his second year of college. Gia discovers that Tung’s father misses his son very much.

At last, Gia frees her true self to Tung and he fades away as they both defeat the affliction within their hearts …

Vic plays Dong, a school basketball player who cheats girlfriend to get into the pants of Yan (Li Bing Bing), whom he discovers trying to taunt his girlfriend with their secret trysts. Frustrated, he chases her car in a motorcycle, and in one of the most ridiculous scenes ever in trying to find out if she loves him or not, pays the price for his dumb recklessness.

Fast forward 3 years, and Yan is now a law clerk, but cannot forget the guilt and responsibility she felt towards Dong’s demise. Relying on drugs to get by, she soon gets visited by Dong (yes, he waited for 3 years to decide to linger around, hence the title), and the two begin a journey of quaint discovery of themselves, and of their love toward one another, all this while with many forgettable supporting characters (like the impetuous teenager who is a Dong-wannabe) trying very hard to either compensate for the weak leads, or thrown in to create yet another convoluted, unnecessary sub plot, like themes of family, of second changes, reconciliation and forgiveness, bloating what is essentially short film material into a feature length.

When you hear of VIC ZHOU, of course, you will expect a romantic drama or movie.. Because that’s what WE KNOW about him.. Though he’s been playing some comedy and action dramas for a while, we know that he’s really versatile and can act in whatever role he played..

My first thought about Linger is it’s a love story.. Then I started watching it.. As the story progresses, I was like, “Oh, it’s a horror..”.. But not again..

Linger is kind of Ghost Whisperer.. You know.. Dying.. Can’t accept the fact that a particular person is dead..  Letting go.. Moving on.. Crossing over.. It definitely sounds more and more like a “Ghost” ripoff but without the endearing qualities. It was expected to do great.. But for me, it’s not that bad.. I kind of liked it.. Well, I have to just because the fact that Vic Zhou’s in it.. Haha. Biased? Well.. 😉

L-O-V-E (Ai Dao Di/愛到底) is a 2009 Taiwanese romance movie which contains 4 short stories about, well you’re right.! The four-letter word LOVE. 🙂

Here’s the synopsis:

Determined to look after his girlfriend if he dies on the operating table, the terminally ill Van Fan searches for a man who has exactly the same voice as he has to take his place.
Blue Lan, a reticent music video director, re-encounters old flame Annie Liu and realizes a car accident has erased her memories of their love.
Movie stuntman Ethan Ruan dashes out the door after a lover’s spat with his flight attendant girlfriend, Alice Tzeng.
Plain homebody Tracy Chou turns to a fortune-teller for love advice, who tells her she’ll meet six guys sporting bangs with the last being Mr Right.

I’ve been wanting to watch this over the net. It’s a good thing I got a copy of the dvd. Lucky.! It’s a good thing the 4 stories aren’t all depressing. The first one is kind of sad, the second is kind of painful, the third one is happy in some way and the last one is refreshing. This movie reminds me of a Korean movie “Sad Movie”.. Four different stories and some what not really realated to each other. The four stories center themselves on different themes like death, memories, communication and destiny. For me, it was alright. There isn’t much thinking involved, and there aren’t many feelings for the protagonists either.

Starring: Van Fan Yi Chen, Megan Lai Ya Yan, Blue Lan Zheng Long, Annie Liu Xin You, Alan Ke You Lun, Tammy Chen Yi Rong, Alice Tzeng Kai Xuan, Ethan Ruan Jing Tian,Tracy Chou Cai Shi, Alec Su You Peng, Ken Zhu Xiao ,

L-O-V-E

L-O-V-E

Secret (aka 不能說的秘密/The Secret that Cannot Be Told) is a Taiwanese film starring Jay Chou, Gui Lun Mei, Anthony Wong, and Alice Ceng. I was sooo excited when I got the copy cuz I heard that the movie is good with twists.

Here’s the synopsis:

Ye Xianglun, a music student majoring in piano, transfers to Tamkang (Danjiang) Secondary School. It is a school famous for musically talented students. On the first day of school, as he wanders through the piano building, he hears a mysterious melody being played that leads him to Lu Xiaoyu, another piano major. When he asks her about the song she was playing, she tells him that it is a secret that cannot be told. The two develop a relationship that is clouded in mystery.

As expected, it’s a great movie.! I enjoyed it. Jay can act, too.! It’s a good thing that the story has a twist. I was telling to myself, I know that gurl <Qing Yi>. Saw her in StarLit, that’s why she’s familiar.. Haha. I thought that it’s called Secret because Xianglun and Professor Ye can’t reveal that they were father and son.. Haha.

Jay is a freaking talented musician.. I bet most of us loved the piano battle scene.. That one’s epic.!! The movie’s great.. It is somewhat sad and happy at the same time. Simple but very beautiful, as Jay said. All in all, the cast did a really good job.

Lovers

Secret