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Mei li shi guang (2001)

Although their characters and temperaments couldn't be less alike, 19-year olds Wei and Jie are best friends. They're also neighbours, living with widower fathers and problem siblings in ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Wei
... Jie (as Meng-jie Gao)
Wan-mei Yu ... Granny
Mao-ying Tien ... Wei's Father
Yu-chih Wu ... Min
Shang-Ting Chang ... Dudu
Hen-Bao Lin ... Jie's Father
... Brother Tse (as Yi-Tse Zeng)
... Uncle
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Yuan-Ting Chang ... Dudu
Yue-hsia Hsieh
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Although their characters and temperaments couldn't be less alike, 19-year olds Wei and Jie are best friends. They're also neighbours, living with widower fathers and problem siblings in the suburbs of Taipei. When Wei is promoted from the rank of nightclub parking valet to the rank of debt-collector in Brother Gu's gang, he persuades his boss to hire Jie to work alongside him. Things begin to go wrong when they are given a handgun to reward their success in the new job. Always excitable and volatile, Jie becomes reckless and dangerous when he has the gun in his hand. When they try to collect a debt from the boss of a rival gang, a fight erupts and Jie shoots the gang-boss. The boys find themselves on the run. But fate and their youthful dreams still have tricks to play... Written by Anonymous

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Curious film about aimless teens in Taiwan
28 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film at the SF International Film Festival, and was pleasantly impressed with this work. The film's emotions shift from humorous, to sad, to horrifying, and back again. The monotonous daily affairs seem to give these teens a desire to do something more with their life. Yet they end up becoming mixed up a bit, even though they may not notice it. It is interesting to watch the relationship develop between the two boys, and when adversity strikes how they react. The ending is a bit nebulous; one must make of your own mind. Despite the sad aspects confronted in the film, one leaves the theatre with a feeling of contentment and satisfaction. It is a special film that has many singular aspects.


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