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Blue Gate Crossing (2002) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Chen Bo Lin (Actor, Actor) | Guey Lun Mei (Actor) | Chou Joanna (Actor) | Yee Chih Yen (Director)
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Blue Gate Crossing (2002) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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A refreshing and uncommon look at growing up, Blue Gate Crossing is an honest exploration of first love and burgeoning sexuality among high school youth in Taiwan. Popular boy Zhang Shi Hao (Wilson Chen Bo Lin) is approached by Meng Ke Rou (Guey Lun Mei), whose friend finds him attractive. Zhang believes that it's Meng who really is attracted to him, but as he gets to know the messenger of this youthful infatuation, deeper issues of sexuality and identity come to light. More might be at stake than just the first love between a boy and a girl, and the path one chooses may not be accepted by the society in which they live. Natural performances, elegant cinematography, and heartfelt, sensitive subject matter raise Yee Chih Yen's Blue Gate Crossing beyond boundaries of culture or sexuality, and into the realm of familiar human drama. A simultaneously sweet and surprisingly daring Taiwanese film, Blue Gate Crossing was nominated for Best Asian Film at the 23rd Annual Hong Kong Film Awards.
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Product Title: Blue Gate Crossing (2002) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 藍色大門 (2002) (DVD) (香港版) 蓝色大门 (2002) (DVD) (香港版) 藍色夏恋(藍色大門) Blue Gate Crossing (2002) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 藍色夏戀 蓝色夏恋
Artist Name(s): Chen Bo Lin (Actor, Actor) | Guey Lun Mei (Actor) | Chou Joanna (Actor) 陳柏霖 (Actor, Actor) | 桂綸鎂 (Actor) | Chou Joanna (Actor) 陈柏霖 (Actor, Actor) | 桂纶镁 (Actor) | Chou Joanna (Actor) 陳柏霖 (チェン・ボーリン) (Actor, Actor) | 桂綸鎂 (グイ・ルンメイ) (Actor) | Chou Joanna (Actor) 천보린 (Actor, Actor) | Guey Lun Mei (Actor) | Chou Joanna (Actor)
Director: Yee Chih Yen 易智言 易智言 易智言(イ・ツーイェン) Yee Chih Yen
Producer: Hsu Hsiao Ming 徐小明 (台灣) 徐小明 (台湾) シュー・シャオミン Hsu Hsiao Ming
Release Date: 2003-09-25
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 84 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Publishing
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002896940

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導演:易智言
Director: Yee Chin Yen

那年夏天我和初戀遇上了……
回憶,留給那年初夏的我們…
  十七歲的夏天,十七歲的高中生活。阿孟與阿珍是一對十分要好的同學,兩人出雙入對,無所不談。月珍喜歡了泳隊的小士,自此,到池邊偷望小士練水成了她的習慣,月珍更請求阿孟代她向小士表白。但小士卻被阿孟憤世嫉俗的個性吸引常常借故親近,所有人都以為他們在拍拖,月珍因而對阿孟不瞅不睬,阿孟也不敢確認自己心中是否喜歡小士,直至她跟他揭示了一個秘密……
  A story about seventeen, high school and first love.
  Shihao is a blithe and guileless teenager. He has two dearest wishes: to win the swimming championship and the heart of his dream-girl, Kerou. One day, Kerou decides to unburden her little secret, which Shihao is utterly unprepared for...
  Maybe, some days later, they will meet again, in front of a blue gate.


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November 1, 2005

This professional review refers to Blue Gate Crossing (Taiwan Version)
I'm now forced to take back every rash generalization I've ever made about Taiwanese films. This one is brilliant, and I couldn't help but love it. Blue Gate Crossing has the same slow pace, and is imbued with the same minimalist realism, as every other Taiwanese film I've seen. But where other Taiwanese films either bore me senseless or force me to leave the cinema in high dudgeon, this one had me enthralled. I'd have watched the whole thing again immediately, if I'd had the chance, which is not something I'd say about too many films.

The magic here, I think, comes from the characters and the acting. Of the three main characters, all seemed real and immediate, and two of the three were entirely charming. Only Liang, as Lin, failed to move me much, but then she was playing a rather self-centered pretty girl, and that's a role in which it's hard to shine. She was also the least important character of the three, in terms of the story.

One aspect of the film that drew me in immediately was the minimal use of dialogue. Contrary to what we're shown by Hollywood, teenagers don't discuss their feelings with each other: rather, they often tend to be silent, either sullen or shy or tongue-tied. And despite their youth, or perhaps because of it, these three young actors made their simple but endearing characters come to life. Chen's shy smile was perfect, and perfectly endearing, while Guay's preoccupied scowl managed to convey anger, confusion, embarrassment, indecision, or shyness, all as the occasion demanded.

I confess that one of the features of this film that I appreciated was the fact that Zhang was a swimmer, and resorted to lonely nighttime training when perplexed or worried. The fact that they used a real swimmer pleased the persnickety part of me, the part that complains loudly when filmmakers are shoddy in their details. Zhang as swimmer made him more real, for me, and brought back emotion-drenched memories of arduous training and the calming feel of water slipping past. And I won't deny that watching attractive young men swimming is more appealing than many other things that could fill a frame or two.

But despite the aquatic benefits, the real charmer was Guey Lun Mei, as Meng Kerou. Not an obvious charmer, by any means. No large US animation house (names not mentioned) would pick either that face or that character as lead female. Too plain. Too silent. Too serious. Luckily, director Yee thought differently, and so we're given the gift of Guey essaying the marvelously spiky Meng. She effortlessly outshines her prettier and more conventional friend, and makes it easy for us to believe that the cutest boy in school could fall for her.

Words fail me at this point, which is unusual. I'll trail off gracelessly, therefore, saying only that if you see only one Taiwanese film in your life, it should be this one.

9.5 serious bicycles out of 10.

by Alison Jobling - heroic-cinema.com

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Cheng Suang Heng
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February 13, 2004

This customer review refers to Blue Gate Crossing (Deluxe Version)
congrats! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
congrats on being nominated for HK film awards !
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February 13, 2004

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congrats ! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
on being nominated for Hongkong film awards 8)
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February 13, 2004

This customer review refers to Blue Gate Crossing (Taiwan Version)
congrats ! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
On being nominated for Hong Kong film awards 8)
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November 26, 2003

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wow. speechles... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I've bought this movie because i was browsing thru YesAsia, and saw its storyline, seemed very interesting. Now, that i had watched the movie.... its's very excellent. why? because of the actors' acting that fits into their role so perfectly... at some part... i felt as if i'd known them. The story, was amazing.. simple yet meaningful, it shows how life is sometimes unfair, but as long as you have memories, yesterday remains... and as long as you have hope, tomorrow awaits. Me, i personally can relate to this movie a lot, because i'm also a teenager who is in the same exact situation. and i watched this movie, it completely "wowed" me. thats how love are when you're a teenager, it sucks... but maybe one day later... you wouldn't think so. Highly recommended film, especially for teenagers.
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October 10, 2003

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YesAsia Finally has it! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
After all the wait (of at least 1 year) Yesasia finally has this movie. This movie deserves all the praise!! Excellent storyline, directing, and cast!!! Simply phenomental!
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