August 28, 2005

GENDER IMBALANCE? TRY FORMULA 17 (via Robert Schwartz):

A Tale of Young Love, No Women in Sight (JEANNETTE CATSOULIS, August 26, 2005, NY Times)

A silly-sweet, gay romantic comedy aimed primarily at teenage and college-age audiences, "Formula 17" placed ninth in Taiwan's 2004 ranking of highest-grossing Chinese-language films. Partly because of its bouncy, bubblegum soundtrack and enormously appealing leads, this tiny indie has connected with a generation typically critical of homegrown talent. And by studding her film with signifiers of generic infatuation - like using a mirror to rehearse a kiss, or learning to say "I love you" in different languages - the director, DJ Chen, has breached barriers of sexual orientation with surprising success.

Armed with a red suitcase and his lucky condom, the virginal Tien (the soap star Tony Yang) arrives in Taipei looking for love and a summer job. Tien, whose favorite book is "Love Is a Kind of Faith," is a bit of a priss. "I despise people who toy with love," he tells Bai (Duncan Chow), a smooth playboy with a come-hither gaze and seductively feathered hair.

The two are frantically attracted to each other, but their courtship is hindered by Tien's inexperience and Bai's understandable reluctance to reveal his "serial one-night-stander" dating philosophy. So when Tien's tasteful, soft-focus deflowering precedes the L word, the stage is set for heartache, misunderstanding and more pouting than an episode of "Desperate Housewives."


Ever Farrah Fawcett hasn't thought feathered hair was seductive since some time in the 70s.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 28, 2005 7:20 PM
Comments

"Armed with a red suitcase and his lucky condom"

Huh? Wouldn't a lucky condom be a condom that is used? Eeeeew. Perhaps the rabbitt's foot never caught on in Taiwan.

Posted by: AllenS at August 28, 2005 8:06 PM

And people scoff when they are told abortion is a homosexual plot!

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 28, 2005 8:08 PM
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