Alternative Title: Gong Fu Guan Lan,Kung Fu Guan Lan,Slam Dunk
Genre: Action, Comedy
Baron Chen, Charlene Choi, Eric Tsang, Jay Chou, Will Liu, Wilson Chen
The film revolves around an orphaned boy who grew up in a kung fu university and becomes a talented basketball player. The youngster, Fang Shi Jie (Jay Chou) grew up at the Kung-Fu School. He practiced excellent Kung-Fu and is equipped with good skills. When he is punished by his principal to stay on the streets for one night, he demonstrates his incredible accuracy to a down-and-out hustler, Wang Li. On the pretext of helping him search for his family, Wang Li invites him to play basketball at ‘First University’ as the new star of its basketball team. Meanwhile, Wang Li capitalizes on media interest in Shi-Jie to make money via interviews and news articles…
A series of intertwining tales involve “pleasure seekers and pleasure providers” during the course of one night in Geylang, Singapore’s red-light district. There are three distinct stories, united only by the presence of characters from all the stories in a streetside eatery:
Jonathan, who has yet to lose his virginity, is escorted around Geylang by his army buddy, Kiat, who wants to help his friend make his passage into manhood. The two men visit various brothels, where the touts bestow the various qualities and nationalities of their women, who hail from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and elsewhere. Jonathan eventually settles on a young Chinese woman whom he envisions being wrapped in a towel.
A teenage girl is called to meet an older prostitute in a hotel room, where the older woman, Linda, is servicing a heavyset older man, who wants to take the younger girl’s virginity. The girl is followed to the hotel by a young man named Chris. When she goes in the hotel room, Chris sits outside and waits.
A woman in a red dress gets in a convertible with a man. She later shows up at the streetside restaurant and pays a young busker for his “special song”, which he doesn’t end up singing, and instead is taken back to the woman’s room.
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Bold tomboy Lin (Lin Shu-Hui Liang) and pretty, reserved Meng (Lun-Mei Guey) are Taiwanese high school girls whose extremely close friendship revolves around Meng’s crush on Zhang (Bo-Lin Chen), the popular star of the boys’ swim team. When Lin takes it upon herself to act as the go-between for her friend, Zhang and Lin begin spending time together. Though Lin attempts to envision herself with him, her true romantic feelings are for her girlfriend Meng.
BLUE GATE CROSSING’s delicate subject matter is carefully handled by director Yee Chih-Yen, whose sensitive script avoids stereotypes in favor of an honest portrayal of the universally understood pangs of teenage attraction. In the uncertainty of adolescent love, even the possibility of a kiss from a crush seems nonexistent.
With its truthful, slyly humorous approach; its crisp, bright imagery; and its appealing, altogether believable young cast; BLUE GATE CROSSING treats the confusion and frustration of growing up with respect than is rarely found in similar western teen films.
-Chen Bo-lin as Zhang Shihao
-Kwai Lunmei as Meng Kerou
-Liang Shu-hui as Lin Yuezhen
-Joanna Chou as Mrs. Meng
However, when a mis-passed note leads to Xianglun’s accidental kissing of another girl, Xiaoyu disappears for five months, only to return on graduation day and mysteriously disappear again. Xianglun asks around and discovers that Xiaoyu was actually a student from the class of 1979, who graduated 20 years ago. Xiaoyu time traveled to the present via a piece called “Secret” that she played on an old piano in the piano building. She had fallen in love with Xianglun, but the only barrier is that, in the present, the first person she sees on each trip is the only person that can see her.
When Xiaoyu was misled that Xianglun liked another girl, she returned to her time, 1979 for five months. During her absence, her story spread and everyone believed that she was crazy. Remembering that the piano room would be destroyed on graduation day of 1999, she tried time traveling to see Xianglun one last time, but was mislead once again that he liked another girl. Xiaoyu retreats back to her own time and died from an asthma attack, trying to communicate with Xianglun via writing on a desk with white out.
After finally learning of Xiaoyu’s story, Xianglun realizes that the piece that she taught him was “Secret”, which had the power to take the pianist forward or backward in time depending on the tempo at which it is played. He rushes off to the piano room, which is ready to be torn down. As the demolition begins, Xianglun begins “Secret” from memory, recalling something Xiaoyu told him while teaching him the piece: “I always play it that fast when I go back”. The last scene is when the 1979 Tamkang (Danjiang) Secondary School graduation picture is taken, in which Xianglun and Xiaoyu are present.* 周杰倫 (周杰伦) Jay Chou (Zhou Jielun) as 葉湘倫/叶湘伦 (Ye Xianglun Jay): Music student majoring in piano and lives with his father.
* 桂綸鎂 (桂纶镁) Kwai Lun-mei (Gui Lunmei) as 路小雨 (Lu Xiaoyu Rain): Music student who lives with her mother.
* 黄秋生 (黄秋生) Anthony Wong (Huang Qiusheng or Wong Chau-sang) as 小倫爸爸 (Xianglun’s father): The discipline teacher of Xianglun’s school and his father.
* 曾愷玹 (曾恺玹) Alice Tzeng (Zeng Kaixuan) as 晴依 (Qing Yi Sky): The girl Ye Xianglun met when he joined Dangjian. She always admired Ye Xianglun.
* 宋健彰 Devon Song (Song Jianzhang) as 阿宝/阿寶 (Abao Bob): Not a well-behaved student. Organised a dance party where he performs. Member of a rugby team.
* 黃俊郎 (黄俊郎) Huang Junlang as 阿郎 (Alang Lance): Abao’s good friend, captain of the rugby team.
* 詹宇豪 Zhan Yuhao as 雨豪 (Yu Hao Howe): “Prince of the piano”, a talented piano player, had a “piano battle” with Ye Xianglun.
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beach concert. Together with other five ordinary Hengchun residents who were not expected to be great or anything, they formed an impossible band.
Starring: Ke Jia-yan (柯佳嬿) as Miao Miao, Sandrine Pinna (張榕容) as Ai, Fan Chih-wei (范植偉) as Chen Fei, Wu Kang-ren (吳慷仁) as Bei
Release year: 2008
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Directed: Ismene Ting
Subtitles: English (softsub)
Cast: Zhu Zhiying, Matt Wu (Wu Zhongtian)