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LEE Chi Yuarn
Before they could figure out what was happening, Xiao-Bu finds herself in a cat fight with Angel over a cigarette, Ah-Mi sleeps with Xiao-Bu’s boxer boyfriend, and Angel kisses Xiao-Bu. What could be worse? Imagine living with an alcoholic father who chose nothing in life but to stare out of a window. Picture the embarrassment if bird droppings stained your clothes just as you were asking someone out on a date. All three girls fall in love, feel hurt, forget and have experiences that are as random as 17 year-old Xiao-Bu’s coin toss which decides her future relationship with Angel.
The feelings of youths who are going out-of-control crazy - these feelings that can’t be described - they are recorded as new memories as the film swings back and forth in time between the present and the past of three girls. 17-year-old Xiao-Bu decides to end her relationship with Angel, her one and only friend who’s into tobacco like she is. But Angel has been confusing to her: her response to things is that she simply flips a coin. Angel repeats the phrases “I’m going out”, and “I’m back” to her lethargic, alcoholic father who looks out the window all day long without moving from his chair. She is not able to leave her father. As we think back, this film may be a cry and a sad serenade of uncertain emotions felt in late adolescence. There are more ingredients in the mix of confused adolescence: Xiao’s rejection of Angel’s love as a result of a flipped coin landing on its tails side; her getting a boxer boyfriend; Ah-Mi sudden approach to Xiao; and her entanglement with Xiao’s unimpressive boyfriend. This film features all kinds of things that could be considered part of a childish, corny diary of youth - including a bright sunflower field, a candle-lit tunnel, a swing, a playground, some icecream, an outdoor pool with no water, a wind-blown skirt, a confession of love, girls’ laughter and tears, and a very cute, but helpless object of desire. Nevertheless, watching the film, we find ourselves taking out puzzle pieces from our own memories - from our memory drawers that we closed a long time ago - and trying to fit these pieces together once more. Of course the puzzle pieces of the old memories are not easily put together, because, like the coin tossed in the air, this film alternates between turning up heads and turning up tails from start to finish. The music of Yoshihiro Hanno, hestitantly but carefully touches us. It confuses us about the relationships of the three girls with their hard-to-hold memories. The relationships cannot be defined simply as dark or bright, happy or unhappy, loving or not loving. Memories are created during adolescence. You will realize that love is a “beautiful crazy” as you walk down the memory lane and look back in time. (Azuki LIM)
LEE Chi YuarnLEE Chi Yuarn
He Received his M.A. in psychology from UCLA, and a MFA in Film Production from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He is a widely acclaimed writer and poet in Taiwan. Additionally, Eye Behind the Wall won 1991s and Shooting for Paradise won 2001s most outstanding Taiwanese screenplay. In 1997 he made his directorial debut based on that screenplay. He is an assistant professor of MFA program at the National Taipei University of Arts Film Department. Currently, he is at the stage of post production for Beautiful Crazy, and the pre productions for GIO subsidized film All about the Bitch.