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The Rooftop (2013)

Tian tai ai qing (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 19 July 2013 (USA)
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Gao and his friends are the happiest kids in the city of Galilee. Living on the rooftops of this bustling metropolis, sometimes life can be tough, but they still churn out songs all day, ... See full summary »

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Gao
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Ray
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Sir Po
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Jasmine
Alan Kuo ...
Haklen (as Alan Ko)
Hsin Ai Lee ...
Sian
Kenny Bee ...
Sian's Father
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Chase Chang ...
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Kai-wei Chiu ...
Fang Hsu-Wei (as Darren Chiu)
De-Kang Chu
Huai-Chen Huang ...
Red Hair
Ken Lin
Na-Dou Lin ...
Beancurd
Will Liu ...
Nightclub boss
Tsung Sheng Tang ...
Night market stall-owner
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Gao and his friends are the happiest kids in the city of Galilee. Living on the rooftops of this bustling metropolis, sometimes life can be tough, but they still churn out songs all day, and dance under the stars at night. But when Gao meets his dream girl, a billboard beauty named Sian, fate takes him on a wild ride through the high and low parts of the town he loves. Written by Well Go USA

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$12,503 (USA) (26 July 2013)

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$85,755 (USA) (2 August 2013)
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Musically and visually captivating!
16 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Considering the dearth of musicals in the Chinese movie industry and the surfeit of the usual CGI-ed Hollywood blockbusters, The Rooftop was a breath of fresh air! A simple storyline, with meticulous detail to the sets, props and costumes made for a very quirky, retro feel. This was aptly accompanied by the excellent score and soundtrack, all composed by the director and lead actor himself, the versatile multi-hyphenate Jay Chou, in a departure from his usual Mandopop fare. That, in itself, gives him points in my book; after all, how many directors can actually write all the music for their own movie?

Of course there was a star-crossed romance, coupled with the requisite funny sidekicks, various baddies and action scenes of the martial arts variety. True, the final sequence was a tad melodramatic but enough to keep me on edge until the very end. For me, the song-and-dance numbers were the main draw and I was not disappointed.

All in, it was a very entertaining two hours of being in Galilee City and I left the cinema with the tunes ringing in my ears and the scenes flitting across my mind. And an overpowering desire to watch again! (which I eventually did...and enjoyed it even more then!)


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