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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.

Director:

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

Writer:

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

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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

A gay teenager falls for an architect after moving to the city to find a summer job.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | English | French

Release Date:

2 April 2004 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

17歲的天空 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,124, 28 August 2005

Gross USA:

$15,427

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,258
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
Tien: Excuse me?
Taipei plumber: I'm here to fix the toilet.
[strips off his shirt]
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Connections

Referenced in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) See more »

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Taiwanese Lampoon
19 November 2011 | by SuraditSee all my reviews

The cast of characters, who are exceptionally attractive and/or genuinely lovable, would probably make this movie worth watching in any case. Fortunately, in addition to the eye-candy, this movie involves quite decent acting and very well-orchestrated humor. It's based on the usual run of misunderstandings that thwart the quest for true love, but done in a way that pokes fun at the whole overly dramatic, soap-operatic response often used in other movies, especially in terms of peer support and psychoanalytical "therapy." Quite often in Asian language movies the English subtitles can defeat the dialogue but in this case the subtitles were obviously done by someone with an excellent command of English. The only bizarre issue was that every letter J was turned into a K. So the main character is looking for a summer "kob" and denies feeling "kealous." Not something that really matters, but strange nonetheless.

I think I missed the "formula 17" meaning,unless it refers to the one boy's age, but there is a trigonometric identity featured for fans of mathematics.

If you want a light, feel-good experience, this movie is well worth watching. No ponderous morality or gut-wrenching tragedy, but you do get a lift to your spirits.


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