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Starry Starry Night (2011)

Xing kong (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 3 November 2011 (Hong Kong)
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12-year-old Mei grew up with her grandparents in the mountains, but now lives with her parents in the city. Her parents constantly fight and she ignored at home. Mei withdraws into her own world and imagination.

Director:

Tom Lin (as Tom Shuyu Lin)

Writers:

Jimmy Liao (book), Tom Lin (screenplay) (as Tom Shu-Yu Lin)
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Credited cast:
Jiao Xu ... Hsieh Hsin-mei / May
Hui-Min Lin ... Chou Yu-chieh / Jay
Rene Liu ... Xiao Mei's mother
Harlem Yu ... Xiao Mei's father
Kenneth Tsang ... Xiao Mei's grandfather
Janel Tsai ... Jay's mother
Gwei Lun-Mei ... Xiao Mei (adult) (as Lun-Mei Kwei)
Chin-Hang Shih ... Teacher
Lieh Lee ... Puzzle shop boss
Yu-Hsun Chen ... Driver
Shih-han Huang Shih-han Huang ... Wendy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Chiu Laura Chiu ... Gossip girl
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12-year-old Mei grew up with her grandparents in the mountains, but now lives with her parents in the city. Her parents constantly fight and she ignored at home. Mei withdraws into her own world and imagination.

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Brilliant adaptation of the Jimmy Liao's best-selling picture book.

Anyone expecting a simple, juvenile romantic comedy from this brilliant adaptation of Jimmy (Jimi) Liao's classic picture book will be very disappointed. Instead it is a breathtaking portrait of the joys and tragedy of being 13 years old told with more sensitivity, humor and insight than almost any other film about the razor's edge of childhood turning into adolescence. Starry Starry Night evokes the visual style of Liao's book, but opens out the story into one with a clear beginning, middle and end. The two young leads couldn't be more perfect and all of the supporting, adult cast are real and believable. The surprising fantasy elements are beautifully folded into the story, always revealing the hidden inner lives of the characters and never just to show off how clever CG effects can be. Be aware, though, that there are startlingly raw moments of emotional pain: don't expect a saccharine sweet love-story. This is a film about the loss of childhood that holds both the joy and the tears carefully in its hands.

It's a pity that more of Jimi's books are not available in English translation. They have sold more than 3 million copies in Asia and deserve to be read all over the world.


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Country:

Taiwan | China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

3 November 2011 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

星空 See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei City, Taiwan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,312, 25 March 2012

Gross USA:

$10,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$589,299
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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