Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Jay Chou, Kwai Lunmei, Anthony Wong, Tseng Kai-xuan
Written by: To Chi-long
Directed by: Jay Chou
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Running Time: 101
Date: 07/27/2007
IMDB

Secret (2008)

3 Stars (out of 4)

A Report from SFIFF

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Hong Kong music superstar Jay Chou makes his directorial debut with one of the festival's most enchanting, captivating features. He plays Jay (who else?), a promising music student who begins attending an elite school. On his first day, the cute Sky (Tseng Kai-xuan) shows him around and instantly develops a crush on him. But the slightly more mysterious Rain (Kwai Lunmei) captures his attention instead. I don't want to say any more about the plot, but for about an hour Secret delivers a highly satisfying love triangle that made me like it. Then it turns into something else that made me love it. Chou's directorial touch is patient and slightly melancholy and reflective. Characters spend a lot of time walking and talking, but always with a potent emotional weight. Best of all, Chou makes a casting coup with Anthony Wong Chau-Sang in an atypical role as his goofball father (forever saying and doing exceedingly odd things).

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