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Thirteen-year-olds David and Michael are brought together by their mutual love of soccer. United by their obsession with the game and idolization of British soccer stars, the boys build a strong friendship. But as puberty brings about changes, the boys start to grow in separate directions. While David loves to talk about sex and other raunchy topics, Michael tries to avoid such conversations. Eventually Michael must face what he's been avoiding for some time, that his feelings for David are becoming increasingly complex. In his interesting take on adolescent sexual awakening. Written by
If you see this as a sort of Chinese "coming of age" film, with a twist you can spot after only a few minutes, you won't be too far wrong. Set in contemporary urban Hong Kong, it's roughly the story of two young schoolmates, soccer fanatics, dealing with typical issues: school, friends, skills, poverty, growing up, and of course that twist. The acting is pretty good since it doesn't look like the principals were seasoned professionals, but the story did meander around and, because I'm not fluent in Cantonese, I know some key points didn't get translated well or at least sufficiently in the subtitles.
I give this "6" for likability and its honest attempt to portray current issues, though the film might have done with fewer dead ends in the story line along the way. The ending--which of course I can't give away--was nicely done.
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