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Blue Gate Crossing

3

Vaporous as it first seems, Chin-yen Yee's Taiwanese teen menage-a-trois tale is a winning, sweet and subtle film that captures the slippery nature of young crushes as if filtered through memory.

It focuses on a young girl, Meng Kerou (Lun-mei Guey) as she tries to woo sporty Zhang Shihao (Bo-lin Chen) on behalf of her friend, shy Lin Yuezhen (Shu-hui Liang). Of course, complications follow: Zhang falls for Kerou, who's nurturing a crush on Yuezhen...

This latter theme, though, barely develops on screen, making the film a mood piece rather than a typical coming-out drama. As such, events don't pan out as expected, developing instead through tactful observation into a melancholic tale of how you can't always get what you want. It's all a little too slender for its own good, but as the clever closing shot suggests, its appeal lies in recognising that everyone's been there and learned to let it go.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 2nd 2004

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