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Murmur of Youth (1997)

Mei li zai chang ge (original title)
A rather dejected Mei-li Chen lives with her extended family in the suburbs. She drops out of college when the boy she has a crush on finds a girlfriend. Mei-li eventually ends up selling ... See full summary »

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Cheng-sheng Lin
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Credited cast:
Rene Liu ... Mei-li Chen
Jing Tseng Jing Tseng ... Mei-li Ling
Chin-Hsin Tsai Chin-Hsin Tsai ... Chen's father
Hsiu Li Hsiu Li ... Chen's mom (as Li Hsiu Lin)
Grandma Pi Grandma Pi ... Grandma
Pi-tung Lien Pi-tung Lien ... Lin's dad
Shih-Hsine Wang Shih-Hsine Wang ... Baker
Vicky Wei ... Fen baker's girlfriend
Chao-jung Chen ... Lin's schoolmate
Jen-Feng Cheng Jen-Feng Cheng ... Chen's brother
Chiung-hua Chen Chiung-hua Chen ... Chen's sister-in-law
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Chen Grace Chen
Su-Ching Ko Su-Ching Ko
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A rather dejected Mei-li Chen lives with her extended family in the suburbs. She drops out of college when the boy she has a crush on finds a girlfriend. Mei-li eventually ends up selling tickets in a movie theatre. A great camaraderie then builds up between the two cashiers in the small ticket booth. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama

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Good acting, but boring movie...
26 June 2020 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I hadn't heard about this 1997 movie from director Cheng-sheng Lin titled "Murmur of Youth" (aka Mei li zai chang ge"). But I was given the chance to watch it in 2020, so of course I sat down to do so given my fascination with Asian cinema.

I read the synopsis for the movie just before watching it, and it seemed that the movie actually could be interesting.

However, director Cheng-sheng Lin was incredible slow at getting nowhere. There was a whole lot of nothing going on throughout the majority of this movie, which made it feel unnecessarily prolonged and boring actually. There simply just was way too little of any interest happening throughout the course of the movie.

Now, what keeps the movie afloat and makes up for a less than mediocre storyline was the acting performances put on by Rene Liu and Jing Tseng in the lead roles. While they had little to work with in terms of script and storyline, then they actually put on very convincing and memorable performances. Which ultimately managed to alleviate for a less than mediocre story.

"Murmur of Youth" was nothing outstanding, and it definitely wasn't a particularly memorable one. I am rating it a very mediocre five out of ten stars.


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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Min Nan | Mandarin

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (Canada) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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