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The Rooftop -- Gao and his friends living on the rooftop is the happiest bunch in the city of Galilee.  Though life could be tough in this bustling metropolis, that doesn't stop them from churning out songs and dance to the zest of life by night.
The Rooftop -- 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.


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Release Date:
19 July 2013 (USA) See more »
Gao and his friends are the happiest kids in the city of Galilee. Living on the rooftops of this bustling metropolis... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jay Chou ... Gao

Xueqi Wang ... Ray

Eric Tsang ... Sir Po

Fan Xu ... Jasmine
Alan Kuo ... Haklen (as Alan Ko)
Hsin Ai Lee ... Sian
Kenny Bee ... Sian's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chase Chang ... Sound Recordist
Kai-wei Chiu ... Fang Hsu-Wei
De-Kang Chu
Huai-Chen Huang ... Red Hair
Ken Lin
Na-Dou Lin ... Beancurd
Will Liu ... Nightclub boss
Kuan-hua Yu ... Soy Sauce

Directed by
Jay Chou 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jay Chou 

Produced by
Will Liu .... producer
Maxx Tsai .... line producer
Original Music by
Jay Chou 
Jason Huang 
Cinematography by
Ping Bin Lee 
Film Editing by
Wenders Li (film editor)
Production Design by
Yoshihito Akatsuka 
Art Department
Michael Tsung-Ying Yang .... storyboard artist
Visual Effects by
Kawah Cheung .... visual effects supervisor
Sing-Choong Foo .... visual effects producer
Chung-Shun Yang .... visual effects coordinator


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tian tai ai qing" - Taiwan (original title)
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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Musically and visually captivating!, 16 July 2013
Author: fandomizfun

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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