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Do Over (2006)

Yi nian zhi chu (original title)
Do Over follows five characters over twenty four hours on the last day of the year. As the interrelated stories proceed, the connections between the lives of the five characters begin to ... See full summary »

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Kai-Hsun Chuang
Genie Chuo ...
Toll Girl (as Wen-hsuan Chuo)
Hui-ni Hsu
Jian-Wei Huang ...
Ding-An (as Chien-wei Huang)
Titan Huang
Ying-Hsuan Kao ...
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Chia-yen Ko ...
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Lawrence Ko ...
Rat (as Ko Yu-Luen)
Yun-ching Li
Morning Tzu-Yi Mo ...
Li-hsiang
Sandrine Pinna ...
Xiaohui (as Yung-yung Chang)
Ming-Shuai Shih
Tsung-Hua Tuo ...
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Ching-kuan Wang ...
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Do Over follows five characters over twenty four hours on the last day of the year. As the interrelated stories proceed, the connections between the lives of the five characters begin to reveal themselves and their stories unravel. By depicting five different characters at emotional crossroads, Do Over examines the struggle of overcoming our greatest fears; the unknown of what lies ahead in the future, the fading value of our existence in the present, and most of all, irreversible mistakes made in the past that may catch up to us. Written by Anonymous

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If you had the opportunity to reverse the course of your life, how would you like your story to end?

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27 October 2006 (Taiwan)  »

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Shows great potential for director's debut, but needs more editing.
24 March 2007 | by (Oakland, United States) – See all my reviews

Admittedly, I don't watch many movies these days, but made an effort to head up to Berkeley to check out "Do Over." For a director's first major film, Cheng Yu-Chieh shows an amazing mastery of the camera, and it does worth very much.

The film farrows the different journeys of five people over New Year's eve into the new year. There's an overall youngness to the film since three of the characters are around the age of 20. These three deal with coming of age, existential themes such as self-worth, young love, and personal secrets and guilt. Since some stories were drug-fueled, I felt I was watching a Taiwanese version of "Groove" interspliced with a Wong-Kar Wai film and a dash of Tarantino for good measure. Undoubtedly, the film will resonate stronger with the college crowd.

What really makes this film out though, is Cheng Yu-Chieh's camera work. The film opens up with a light-hearted shot in the country, reminiscent of Spanish foreign films, then switches over to a somber, high contrast, heavily saturate Wong-Kar Wai world. Following that, there is a fight scene with the camera fixed on the profile of a character. It could've came out of a video game like Max Payne. From all these beautiful scenes, we see Cheng Yu-Chieh's creativity and willingness to experiment as a young director.

However, what keeps this film from rising to the top is also this variety. Sometimes, I felt I was watching a gallery of scenes shot in different styles versus a cohesive film. Furthermore, at just shy of two hours, the film ran longer than it needed to. More than once, I thought the film was going to end, only to have another scene emerge. Right now, the film is quite young and raw, which is perfectly fine. Cheng Yu-Chieh has the talent, the foundation, but he needs to learn how to edit his work more critically, both in story and style. Once he does so, he will create a masterpiece that flows.


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