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Formula 17 (2004)

17 sui de tian kong (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 2 April 2004 (Taiwan)
A gay teenager falls for an architect after moving to the city to find a summer job.


Yin-jung Chen (as D.J. Chen)


Rady Fu
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Tony Yo-ning Yang ... Tien
Duncan Lai ... Bai Tieh-nan (as Duncan)
King Chin ... Yu
Dada Ji Dada Ji ... C.C.
Jimmy Yang Jimmy Yang ... Alan
Jason Chang ... Jun (as Ta-Yong Chang)
Ladder Yu Ladder Yu ... Kevin
Guan-Jie Huang Guan-Jie Huang ... Jay
Tze-Long Yang Tze-Long Yang ... Taipei plumber
Jeff Locker ... Ray


More interested in romance than sex, "Formula 17" swoons with youthful innocence. Naive country-boy Tien-Tsai travels to Taipei, where his quest to lose his virginity is impeded by his insistence on finding true love first. The film's Chinese title translates as "17-Year-Old's World" which accurately describes its niche.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


This low-budget teenage film was the only fiction feature in 2004 that did not lose money on the Taiwanese market (it has grossed twice its production cost). Produced by two young, inexperienced women in their late twenties and shot by even younger Chen Yin-Jung, this sex comedy about a young gay circle in Tapei looks quite amateurish, but its refreshing tone was up to now quite unheard of in Taiwanese cinema. See more »


[subtitled version]
Tien: You see... even love can pass away.
Bai Tieh-nan: But... we can run after it.
Tien: Run?
Bai Tieh-nan: And chase it back.
Tien: My feet are tired.
Bai Tieh-nan: I'll carry you.
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Referenced in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) See more »

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Delightful Movie
11 April 2005 | by luckie-1See all my reviews

Director Chen Ying Rong debuts in an all-male movie that exposes a unique view of gays in Taipei. Perfectly cast for the role, Tony Yang Yo Ning plays a naive, 17-year old teenager (Tien) who ventures off to the big city in search of "true love". Courageous, honest and innocent in chasing his goal in love, Tien gets attracted to the popular 30-year-old playboy Pai (Duncan Lai) – who Tien fantasizes about giving his first intimately kiss to. A thoughtful movie that takes you into the streets of Taiwan, showing you its exciting nightlife into the famous gay bars Funky and Fresh. Formula 17 follows the success of the gay-themed movie Lan Yu - which won international awards for its artistic and realistic portrayal.

This movie starts with the naive countryman Tien. He goes to Taipei to meet his friend who he met online. Believing in "true love", his friend really disappoints him by saying that he would like to have sex with him. "How can we make love if there is not love between us?" Tien asks.

Then his 'the one' appears. This stud (Nan) was hurt by his ex-boyfriend, and thinks that he will never fall in love again. But later, he discovers that he's fallen in love with this cute guy. Scaring of getting hurt and hurting Tien, he decides to leave Tien after the romantic night. In fact, this can do nothing but hurts both of them. At this time, Nan knows he has to overcome his fear of intimacy because he has fallen in love with Tien. He prays to God, hoping God can give him one more chance, and getting Tien back. Then the miracle happens, and they two finally get together. This movie also records the pride parade held in Taipei in the late 2003.

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Mandarin | English | French

Release Date:

2 April 2004 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

17歲的天空 See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,124, 28 August 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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