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Jay Chou (Actor, Director) | Guey Lun Mei (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Alice Tzeng (Actor)
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Having already proven his acting chops and box office draw with the blockbusters Initial D and Curse of the Golden Flower, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou makes his directorial debut with the romantic drama Secret. In addition to starring and directing, Chou came up with the original story and music for the film and he proves to be remarkably assured on all counts, making Secret one of the most pleasant surprises of 2007. While the director himself is still a relative newcomer to acting, co-stars Anthony Wong and Guey Lun Mei (Blue Gate Crossing) are both extremely talented actors, with Guey giving an especially captivating performance as the film's mysterious female lead. Chou also smartly plays to his own strengths by displaying his piano skills on screen and enlisting friends Yu Hao, Zhang Jie, and Devon of Nan Quan Mama as supporting cast. An affecting mix of puppy love, suspense, and wistful tunes, this sweet, subtle, and engaging film adds another notch to Chairman Chou's long list of accomplishments.

High school student Jay (Jay Chou) just transferred to the school that his father (Anthony Wong) is teaching at. On his first day, he meets cute and coy classmate Rain (Guey Lun Mei) in the piano room. The two immediately hit it off and develop a shy romance around piano playing and bike riding. Despite their close relationship, Rain remains mysterious and distant as she is often absent from school and seems to be full of secrets. When Jay tries to inquire further, she whispers to him that she has a secret that cannot be spoken, a secret that can tear them apart.

This edition comes with making of, theatrical trailer, photo gallery, and other extras.

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Product Title: Secret (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 不能說的.秘密 (DVD) (香港版) 不能说的.秘密 (DVD) (香港版) 言えない秘密 (不能説的.秘密) (DVD) (香港版) Secret (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jay Chou (Actor) | Guey Lun Mei (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Alice Tzeng (Actor) 周 杰倫 (Actor) | 桂綸鎂 (Actor) | 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 曾愷玹 (Actor) 周 杰伦 (Actor) | 桂纶镁 (Actor) | 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 曾恺玹 (Actor) 周杰倫 (ジェイ・チョウ) (Actor) | 桂綸鎂 (グイ・ルンメイ) (Actor) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 曾愷玹 (アリス・ツォン) (Actor) Jay Chou (Actor) | Guey Lun Mei (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Alice Tzeng (Actor)
Director: Jay Chou 周 杰倫 周 杰伦 周杰倫 (ジェイ・チョウ) Jay Chou
Release Date: 2007-09-20
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1005004945

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* Screen Format: 16:9
* Sound Mix: DTS ES. Dolby Digital EX
* Special Features:
- 電影預告 Theatrical Trailer
- 相片集 Photo Gallery
- 製作特輯 Making Of
- 演員介紹 Cast Filmographies
- 電影主題曲 Music Video

Director: Jay Chou

「這是一個不能說的祕密」這句話是小倫(周杰倫飾)和小雨(桂綸鎂飾)這場愛情之旅的開場白, 兩人是音樂系的同班同學,一首神祕的鋼琴曲促使兩人相遇. 兩人純真的愛情如同美妙的音符跳動著,但小雨心中的祕密,卻常讓小倫摸不著頭緒。





Lun (Jay Chou) lives with his father, Chiu (Anthony Wong), the music teacher of Tamkang Secondary School. Both of them are very good at music and piano.
This is the first day Lun admitted to Tamkang Secondary School. When he walks through the campus with his classmates, a mysterious piano solo draws his attention. He follows the song and finds that an ethereal girl is playing piano in the old music room.

The piano girl is Yu (Guey Lun-Mei), one of Lun's classmates. She is always late for school and hence sits next to Lun at the back row. The two become intimate friends and spend a lot of time together. "What's the melody you played the first day we met?" asked Lun, "That's my secret." Yu whispered in his ear.
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Professional Review of "Secret (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 28, 2007

Jay Chou's directorial debut is named Secret - which is a dead giveaway right there. Based on that title, you should know that there's some lingering piece of information in the film that turns this seemingly earnest youth romance into an overwrought sob-fest. Secret needs its secret. Without it, the film would probably be irretrievably boring, plus no secret means no hook. If there isn't an acute conflict placing this idealized romance in jeopardy, then nobody is getting their money's worth; the audience may as well be flipping through a photo book of dope Jay Chou pictures. The downside: Secret can easily be spoiled by any in depth discussion. As such, I'll try to make sense in this review without giving away too much. That's harder than it sounds.

Let's cut straight to the chase then: is Secret any good? Surprisingly, it's not bad at all, possessing fine art direction, cinematography and music, plus a moving performance from Taiwanese actress Guey Lun-Mei (the excellent Blue Gate Crossing). The film also deserves some credit for being complex and creative enough in its narrative workings that one will likely hang around to see how everything ends.

But Secret isn't convincing. The film sets up rules that it eventually doesn't follow, achieving its intended gooshy emotions but leaving the audience to question just exactly how they got there. Not everything completely adds up, and the aggravating side characters, laggy pace, and inexplicable events leaves this less of an accomplishment than it perhaps could have been. Jay Chou does possess some affable charm, but he's still too distant to be a suitable romantic lead. He fares better as a filmmaker, in that he at least attempts something more substantial than your usual singer-turned-actor-turned-director, plus he seems to have assembled a crew that buys into his melodramatic vision. The biggest deal behind Secret is that it's probably better than one expects it to be.

The straight skinny: Secret gets a thumbs up, albeit a qualified one, with Jay Chou and company getting a solid "B" for their efforts. Of course, if you're a Jay Chou fan then he'll probably get an "A+" for simply existing, in which case you should see Secret pronto because you would probably would see it anyway regardless of whether or not I recommend it. In many ways, Jay Chou is review proof. Such is the magical allure of Chairman Chou.

That's the cryptic, cursory evaluation of the film. However, before you read any further, it's time to issue that spoiler warning again. Truthfully, I won't be giving away much of the film below, but if you're the sort that demands a pure viewing experience then you should stop reading. I mean it. Look away right now.

Still with me? Okay, here's the basic outline. Jay Chou is Jay, a budding musical genius whose way with piano keys makes him a hit with the ladies, and even the guys, who recognize talent when they see it. Jay arrives at Tanjiang Art School and already he's being watched, but his eyes and heart are immediately stolen by Rain (Guey Lun-Mei), an elegant, charming flirt who first happens upon Jay in the school's aged piano room. The two begin a cute, casual romance that's defined by secrets. Basically, Rain keeps them, starting with her name, then extending them to other things like where she goes, what she does, and why she's always absent from class. Since she's so effervescent and attractive, Jay is immediately smitten.

Jay has a secret too, but I'll give it away: his dad is a teacher at the school, and he's played by Anthony Wong in an amusing performance that's vintage Wong. Jay also has some friends at school who aren't as amusing, and even qualify as annoying and bothersome. Some of these characters are played by Chou's Taiwanese pop music pals. Since this is a Jay Chou production (besides starring and directing, he penned the original story and contributed the music), it's only understandable that Chou make room for some of his buddies as well as his pet obsessions, especially music. Chou becomes the class celebrity when he kicks ass in a "piano battle", which is as entertaining as it is patently manufactured. Basically, Chou outfoxes his opponent on the ivory keys, winning the hearts of the girls and the guys, while still remaining cool and sheepish in that inimitable Jay Chou way. Chief among his admirers is the pretty Sky (Alice Tzeng), who starts to crush on Jay big time. But Jay only has eyes for Rain.

Or does he? Despite getting along swimmingly with Jay, Rain soon gets the idea that Jay is two-timing her with Sky. This is due to your standard crossed wires and mistaken circumstances, but the misinterpreted event is enough to throw a massive crush-killing wrench into their puppy love. That would probably be a terrible thing to behold if not for the fact that the relationship up until then was hardly inspiring. Jay Chou and Guey Lun-Mei have decent chemistry, but the relationship between their characters never seems that deep. There's a manufactured quality to the dialogue that makes their supposed love a bit unconvincing, and without more acute emotions the film begins to drag.

Sadly, part of this is the fault of Jay Chou, the actor. Chou possesses a certain likable charm, but his presence hardly screams "passion." His demeanor is just too remote; Chou tries hard, but he can't convey a complete range of emotions. Shoring things up, however, is Guey Lun-Mei. When she initially appears, she acts too much like an idealized good girl flirt to be real; it's like she's some manufactured idea of what perfect high school romance should be. However, as it turns out, there's a reason for her bizarre flirtatious behavior, and as the film divulges more of the hows and whys, Guey is given a chance to convey emotions that prove heartbreaking. Her screen presence is refreshing and her emotions genuinely moving; if Secret manages to affect, Guey Lun-Mei is a large reason why.

The revelation of the film's eponymous secret is what gives Guey the chance to really affect the audience - and yet it's also when the movie starts to lose its credibility. The mechanism behind the film's secret is never known, but the logic of how it works is explained explicitly, such that every incident and action in the film needs to fit a set of rules explained by the characters and depicted by the events themselves. But the film ultimately doesn't adhere to its convictions, eventually twisting events to fit desired emotions and skirting around the rules that they've laid out for us. The film gives us a gooshy denouement, but it's only touching because it fits some sort of predetermined audience expectation, and not because it surprises or really affects. Some people may be happy with how Secret ends. But does the film earn its ending? I don't think that it does.

At least Secret is a very pretty ride. On artifice alone, the film is aces, serving up beautiful art direction, cinematography and music. Jay Chou really knows how to compose a tune; the film's original music is genuinely stirring, and preexisting pieces are well-chosen and evocative of the film's innocent romantic mood. Secret serves the senses exceptionally well - so much so, that it's almost tragic when it ultimately throws logic out the window. Jay Chou and company have created a nice little valentine, but their desire to give the film more weight eventually leaves it adrift. The film barrels towards its intended goal with little regard for common sense, leaving the audience with nothing besides the pretty pictures and people to shore it up.

Amazingly, that gambit is more successful than not, and Guey Lun-Mei practically drags the film across the finish line herself. Without her the film would probably sink beneath its own self-importance, as its manufactured sheen and occasionally miscalculated choices render the film little more than a superficially gorgeous pure love diversion for teen girls and the boys they drag to the cinema along with them. That'll probably do just fine for most, since "manufactured diversion" seems to be a standard expectation for many modern moviegoers. Secret will probably score well with its intended teen audience, especially if they take in the film as a single, one-off experience. Further viewings would only reveal the film's holes to be gaping and perhaps intolerable, but upon first glance, Secret is pretty and polished enough to charm.

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September 13, 2007

The big secret: Jay Chou can direct too!
It's not a secret anymore: Jay Chou can do more than just compose music and sing, he can direct too. However, the jury may still be out on his acting.

Chairman Chou does quadruple duty for Secret; besides directing and starring in the film, the do-it-all entertainer penned the original story and the film's evocative score. Chou stars as Jay, a young, talented musician whose cool demeanor is both aloof and charming. Even though he's a bit of a cold fish and even an odd duck, people still regard him with awe thanks to his amazing musical skills and charming, boyish demeanor. It's almost like he's playing...the real Jay Chou! That said, Jay Chou plays himself rather well, though as a romantic lead, he's still a rather tough sell.

That's okay though, because Chou has Guey Lun-Mei to help him out. So good in Blue Gate Crossing, Guey gives Secret touching, felt emotion. She's Rain, an elegant, effervescent student who charms Jay on his first day at music college. The two become fast friends, with the possibility of being something more, but there's something in the way: secrets. What are these secrets? Jay's are easy: his dad (Anthony Wong) is a teacher at the school, too. But Rain's are worse. She frequently misses class, and she doesn't seem to have many friends at the school. She also whispers to Jay that her secret may tear the two apart. Just how bad could this secret be?

It's actually a pretty bad secret - for them. For the audience, the secret is the film's hook, line, and sinker, and though it doesn't entirely convince, director Jay Chou manages to wring the most from his loaded romantic storyline. The secret is a bit labored, with the logic not quite working out, but Chou and company deliver one of the year's most attractive films, with the complete package managing to compensate for whatever shortcomings occur. Technically, the film is beautiful to look at, with the cinematography and art direction proving exemplary. Equally pleasing is the music, both vocal and instrumental, and the mood Chou establishes is touching and even heartbreaking. Perhaps Chou's acting is still a step behind his singing, songwriting, and now directing, but the boy is learning fast, and he's got plenty of potential. Give him room to grow.

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July 28, 2012

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Best Movie Ever Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Secret" has become my most favorite movie of all time because the love story and chemistry the lead actors had were amazing. I was impressed that Jay composed most of the songs, was an actor, and at the same the director!!! As if the movie wasn't already mind boggling. I give "Secret" an infinity star rating, pretty much a 6/5.

The only thing that I was not satisfied was the region code on this movie. It's a region 3 which means it can only be played in Asian countries and not the United States. I have no problem with the movie as far as the content within it, I am just dissatisfied that I could not play it on my dvd player because I live in the US and all retail stores only sell region 1 dvd players, which means region 3 dvds can not be played. I wish they had made a region 1 dvd of this movie. LET ME NOTIFY YOU THOUGH, LAPTOPS CAN WATCH REGION 3 DVDS YOU JUST HAVE TO SIMPLY CHANGE THE REGION CODE WHICH IS SUPER EASY. THUS, ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST IF YOU CAN'T WATCH IT ON YOUR DVD PLAYER.

Other than the region code, I absolutely love this movie and I bought it regardless of it not being able to be played because I wanted a physical copy for so long. Just having the movie in my hands was such a gratifying experience because I actually now own the dvd. BUY IT IF YOUR A BIG FAN OF THIS MOVIE AND I GUARANTEE YOU THAT YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT, BUY IT EVEN IF YOU NEVER SAW IT, IT IS WORTH THE MERELY $20.
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May 2, 2009

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Not bad, Director Chou! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
To tell you the truth, even as a diehard fan who has loved and respected Jay Chou for many years, I was skeptical with the movie's release, given his questionable acting in Initial D (I'm not going to lie).

But out of curiosity, and the purpose of filling my collection of Jay's works, I bought the DVD, played it, watched it.... LOVED IT.

It was very surprising, and the storyline had quite a twist at the end. Who would've guessed?
And Jay's acting has definitely improved and shows his confidence.

Overall, it was a simple movie, but still unique and engaging. You might even be tempted to watch it more than once or to go over some selected parts (maybe that's just me, but I didn't mind watching it again in my case).

As for the quality of the DVD itself, it is perfectly fine, and has some pretty good special features. =)

Fans who love the movie, haven't watched the movie, or aren't even fans at all, might find this a good deal.
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October 16, 2008

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simple & sweet Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this movie is one of those simple&sweet love stories that makes you smile :D
i really respect jay chou as an artist and i think he is absolutely wonderful at the piano. playing piano myself i was really interested in watching this movie. i wasn't sure what to expect but i was pleasantly surprised after watching it. there are some parts where i thought it became a little slow, but for me, the beauty of the music and simple love story shined through ^____^
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September 1, 2008

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Very creative. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I bought this DVD after seeing it with a friend. I absolutely love the normality yet supernatural feel. It's simple but turns complicated. Jay Chou directed this beautifully.

I was also surprised at how nice the packaging was. Hong Kong editions of products usually cost less and have a lower quality of packaging. This version actually comes with a box outside case and then the dvd case. ^_^

Overall, I'm very satisfied with the product. It's worthy of its price. ^^
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November 22, 2007

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Music, Action, Love Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Jay Chou acts a lot better in "Secret" than "Initial D". He has definitely improved in acting, directing, and composing. I think this movie is very good. I especially like the part where Jay Chou has a piano battle with the person from NanQuan Mama and when Jay Chou plays "Secret" in the old building. The effects fitted just well. I recommend this movie.
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