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The Most Distant Course (2007)

Zui yao yuan de ju li (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 November 2007 (Taiwan)
Three young souls, with different purposes, comes to the coast and search for the meaning of their life, a journey considerably longer than any of them has taken before.

Director:

Jing-Jie Lin

Writer:

Jing-Jie Lin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gwei Lun-Mei ... Hsiao-Yun (as Lun-Mei Kwei)
Morning Tzu-Yi Mo ... Hsiao-Tang
Hsiao-Kuo Chia ... A-Tsai
Iris Li-Ting Tseng Iris Li-Ting Tseng ... Meng-Meng
Sheng-hao Wen ... Hsiao-Yun's boyfriend
Eugene Chun-Hui Hsieh ... Tseng Ya-Chu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lieh Lee
Yun-Chan Lee
Toon Wang ... (as Tung Wang)
Pong Fong Wu
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Three young souls, with different purposes, comes to the coast and search for the meaning of their life, a journey considerably longer than any of them has taken before.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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A lonely tale of three weirdos.
15 May 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Zui Yao Yuan De Ju Li" is a film from Taiwan and I must say it's one of the stranger and least satisfying films I've seen in some time. It's all VERY low-key and perhaps you'll like it--I just felt like it was a bit dull and far from satisfying.

This film is about three weird people. The first, and by far the weirdest, is a psychiatrist who likes to pay prostitutes to play unusual sex games with him--nothing especially kinky, just very strange. The second is an odd-ball who travels the length and breadth of the country recording sounds and sending them to a woman--a woman who has since moved and isn't even receiving the tapes. In fact, a stranger (also a lonely person) has been listening to them instead and this weird lady decides to travel throughout the country trying to pinpoint the places where the recordings were made. None of the people are normal, but they all seem rather sad and benign.

The problem with the film is that although the folks are somewhat endearing, there is no real resolution to their loneliness and the film doesn't seem to have much of a point. In particular, by the end of the movie the psychiatrist seems bonkers. And, the recording guy and the woman following his sounds MAY meet--but the film never really establishes this. As a result, it's not at all satisfying--just a bit empty.

The music and cinematography is nice but otherwise I cannot recommend the movie unless you like dull and rather pointless films. I know this sounds pretty mean, but that's the way I see it.


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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (Taiwan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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$96,588
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Qixia Films See more »
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