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Love (2012)

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Eight people try to end their loneliness by searching for that one person to love, who can make their life complete.

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Doze Niu (as Doze Niu Chen-Zer)

Writers:

Doze Niu (screenplay) (as Doze Niu Chen-Zer), Li-ting Tseng (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Qi Shu ... Zoe Fang
Mark Chao ... Mark Na (as Mark Jau)
Wei Zhao ... Xiao-Ye Jin
Amber Kuo ... Lu Hsiao-ni
Ivy Yi-Han Chen ... Li Yi-chia (as Yi Han Chen)
Ethan Juan ... Li Hsiao-kuan (as Ching-Tien Juan)
Eddie Peng ... Kai
Doze Niu ... Lu Ping (as Doze Niu Chen-Zer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Han Dian Chen ... Jitui Ge
David Te-Yang Chiu
Ralf Chiu ... Mark's assistant (as Ralf Ciou)
Hsiao-Yeh Hsiao-Yeh ... College lecturer
Chin-Jung Kang ... Cycling coach
Stephanie Shu-Yan Lee ... Hsiao-kuan's colleague
Hsuan Li Hsuan Li ... Chiang Huan-Chen (Bride)
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Eight people try to end their loneliness by searching for that one person to love, who can make their life complete.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Taiwan | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,178, 19 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$234,159, 4 March 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Star studded with good looking people, this breezy affair promises to be an enjoyable movie date
12 February 2012 | by moviexclusiveSee all my reviews

This just doesn't seem right – this single reviewer telling you, our esteemed readers, what he thinks about a movie about love? What also seems inappropriate is the untimely period – he who will spend Valentine's Day alone advising you whether you should catch this romance movie with your other half (or at least someone whom you hope will bless you with the status of "attached")? Well, this columnist will try his very best to comment on this ensemble piece featuring some of the best looking people in showbiz.

The story is, well, about love and the unfathomable things it makes people do. The characters in this movie are in some way related to each other, which is probably an attempt by the screenwriters to model the movie after the hugely successful Love Actually (2003), a feel good British production which never fails to make a couple's lazy afternoon at home. Here, the filmmakers have the couples situated in Taipei and Beijing, making them encounter joy, laughter, pain, crying and more essentially, love, over plot lines which may be familiar with the common folk.

For the older guys, we have Shu Qi playing the obligatory materialistic woman who yearns to find her true self and Zhao Wei (14 Blades) taking the role of a fearless single mother who wants nothing more than the best for her son. For the younger ones, you will be rooting for the sweet Ivy Chen (Hear Me) and Amber Kuo (Au Revoir Taipei) as two best friends who fall out after Chen gets becomes pregnant, thanks to Kuo's confused boyfriend.

Female viewers are treated with eye candy in the form of Ethan Ruan (Monga) as a stuttering neighbourhood boy who is wiser than he looks, Mark Chao (Monga) as a successful businessman who doesn't believe in commitment and Eddie Peng as a filmmaker wannabe who has a lot to learn about responsibility in a relationship. They are joined by director Doze Niu who plays a middle aged man who lives a lifestyle only known to the rich and famous. Incidentally, all four leading men have scenes featuring their well built physique (check out those muscles and abs!) - so get ready to drool, ladies.

The star studded affair is made more exciting by cameos from other familiar Taiwanese personalities like Rhydian Vaughan (the other good looker from Monga), Kang Kang (you'd know him from Taiwanese variety shows) and Charge Pu (most commonly known for his duet "Confucius Says" with Bowie Tseng).

Oh, has someone forgotten about the story and how it's supposed to inspire viewers to reflect on their own notions of love? With its 125 minute runtime, the filmmakers seem to be more concerned about making its stars look good on screen (after all, it's Mark Lee of "In the Mood for Love" fame who is calling the shots behind the cinematography department) than engaging its audience in a emotional journey. Sure, there are some poignant moments in the movie which may tug at your heartstrings, but unfortunately, it feels more like a touch and go affair. Also, probably due to the challenge to tell a few stories in one movie, the unsatisfying conclusion feels somewhat underwhelming.

However, the pretty to look at movie is still recommended for its contemporary take on love (seriously, what would you do if your best friend is carrying your boyfriend's baby?), and considering the cast's decent performances, you can be sure that your date won't be complaining after the credits begin rolling.

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