Eternal Summer (2006) (Blu-ray) (15th Anniversary Remastered Edition) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A
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Ray Chang won the Best New Artist award at the Golden Horse Film Awards for his portray of a young man's struggle in facing his sexuality. Joseph Chang, who also started with TV series including the gay drama Crystal Boys, stars opposite Ray Chang. Kate Yeung from 20 30 40 portrays a lonely girl who complicates the enigmatic friendship between the two boys. The film opens with elementary school kid Jonathan (Ray Chang) being ordered by the teacher to befriend his classmate Shane (Joseph Chang). Since then, they have shared every episode in their lives until Carrie (Kate Yeung) becomes their high school classmate...
|Product Title:||Eternal Summer (2006) (Blu-ray) (15th Anniversary Remastered Edition) (Taiwan Version) 盛夏光年 (2006) (Blu-ray) (15週年數碼修復版) (台灣版) 盛夏光年 (2006) (Blu-ray) (15周年数码修复版) (台湾版) Eternal Summer (2006) (Blu-ray) (15th Anniversary Remastered Edition) (Taiwan Version) Eternal Summer (2006) (Blu-ray) (15th Anniversary Remastered Edition) (Taiwan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Joseph Chang (Actor) | Kate Yeung (Actor) | Ray Chang (Actor) 張孝全 (Actor) | 楊淇 (Actor) | 張睿家 (Actor) 张孝全 (Actor) | 杨淇 (Actor) | 张睿家 (Actor) 張孝全（ジョセフ・チャン） (Actor) | 楊淇（ケイト・ヨン） (Actor) | 張睿家（レイ・チャン） (Actor) Joseph Chang (Actor) | Kate Yeung (Actor) | Ray Chang (Actor)|
|Director:||Leste Chen 陳正道 陈正道 陳正道（レスト・チェン） Leste Chen|
|Blu-ray Region Code:||A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Taiwan|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1, 1.66 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD|
|Publisher:||Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1108641705|
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Quality cinema seekers may want to carve time into their schedule for Eternal Summer, a Taiwanese youth drama from director Leste Chen (The Heirloom). Eternal Summer tells the story of Jonathan (Bryant Chang), a young man who finds himself in an enviable (or maybe not) romantic predicament. On one hand, he has pretty Hong Kong transplant Carrie (Kate Yeung) after him. The two share an idyllic day of hooky in the big city, after which they check into a love hotel and get down to the deed. No dice: Jonathan calls it off. It turns out that he's in love with someone else, namely best friend Shane (Joseph Chang), a roguish and handsome troublemaker who excels at basketball and seems to be headed nowhere in particular after high school.
Carrie gets Jonathan's problem, and even accepts it. However, that isn't going to solve things for these conflicted youth. The revelation of Jonathan's sexuality creates tension between Carrie and Jonathan. Shane is oblivious to his old friend's issues, though, and initially has a contentious relationship with Carrie. However, their unspoken conflict over Jonathan gives way to their own relationship, which they embark on without Jonathan's knowledge. The days and nights pass, but the big secret of Jonathan's desires hangs over the three friends like the proverbial other shoe. Eventually, something has to give, and when it does, lives will surely change.
Or will they? As the title of the film may suggest, the emotions of youth are not things that can easily pass, regardless of honesty or sudden revelations. Not everything can reach absolute closure, and Eternal Summer seems to echo that theme by concentrating on its suffering, silent mood and the all-consuming emotions of its characters. Jonathan is consumed day-to-day by his passion for his pal, and Bryant Chang reveals his character's inner torture with a pitch-perfect emotional performance. Joseph Chang is even better, giving Shane undeniable charisma and a substantial inner core. The success of Eternal Summer hinges largely on his character's hidden emotions, and Joseph Chang handles the role with a charismatic, soulful energy. As the unfortunate third party of the trio, Kate Yeung is expressive and believable in a more limited and subtle role than either of her two male costars.
More than anything, Eternal Summer looks and sounds beautiful. The widescreen compositions, pleasing colors, and evocative soundtrack suit the film's gentle tone, giving the film an almost tangible warmth. Director Leste Chen's direction is evenly-paced and sensitive, giving each detail purpose and emotional weight. The film is almost too sure-handed, never presenting its emotions or situations as sensational or overblown, but also never digging too far beneath the surface. Eternal Summer is a film about mood and atmosphere, revealing and reveling in each character's feelings such that they permeate each frame like invisible emotion-saturated fog. The negative that exists in this is that there's little complexity attained, as the film reveals itself in an entirely too efficient manner. We get the emotions and we get the situations, and that feeling continues for a good ninety minutes. When the film's more sensational moments do occur, they're hardly unexpected.
Also, the film attempts to tie things up with multiple "secrets" that get revealed at the film's climax. The characters bare their souls to each other, but it's questionable if the secrets connect with the audience as much as they do with the characters. For most of Eternal Summer, the details suitably reveal the characters' emotions, but when it's time for them to own up verbally, the connection doesn't seem to gel. It's almost like the film is unable to commit - a valid theme where these characters are concerned, but hardly a satisfying, or even fitting one considering the narrative's final dramatic push. When Eternal Summer finally ends, it seems that we're not left with an answer, but simply an abundance of affecting emotion delivered through gorgeous performance, image, and sound. From a cinema standpoint, that's still an accomplishment. The whole may not be satisfying or entirely substantial, but if one were to judge solely by details, then Eternal Summer is a lovely little achievement.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
Customer Review of "Eternal Summer (2006) (Blu-ray) (15th Anniversary Remastered Edition) (Taiwan Version)"
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September 12, 2008
This customer review refers to Eternal Summer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
I saw "Eternal Summer" at a film festival almost a year and half ago and loved it then and now I just bought the DVD and love it even more after watching it a second time. I noticed the same things when I watched it over a year ago as I noticed just now when I watched the DVD. The one thing about the DVD which is edited down to 95 minutes from the 105 minute uncut version I saw in the theater is the ending. By far the edited version saves the ending. When I saw the uncut version I was disappointed in the end because there had been such a nice arc to the story and then all of a sudden it fell off a cliff and died. The edited version on DVD cuts the ending short by a couple of minutes of dialogue and literally saves the ending and left me with even more appreciation for the film. Although I wish the 105 minute uncut version were available on DVD...
What made this movie so special was the organic nature of the relationship between Jonathan and Shane. I think a lot of people can relate to this movie and characters because it deals with normal every day type of people. The relationship between the two characters was so believable plus I really love the story! The one character I didn't like was the character of Carrie. I felt from the beginning that she was on the rebound from a relationship and that her trying to get Jonathan in bed was just a challenge for since she already sensed he was gay. And then her moving on to Shane seemed cruel to me as if she did that just to spite Jonathan and make him jealous. I never felt that Carrie really cared for either Jonathan or Shane although that contradicts the way her character was portrayed in the storyline. That's just my own feeling... One of the interesting things about the movie is that there are other characters in the movie but they never really come into play, you see them but there is almost no interaction with them. It's as if the world only consists of Jonathan and Shane and then eventually a third person, Carrie, is added to their world. I found the lack of other significant characters very interesting. There is one thing I didn't understand and that was the gloominess of the cinematography, it was either overcast or raining or night time. There was never a scene that took place in broad daylight or in any sort of brightness. Again, I found this interesting but didn't know what the director was trying to convey. But I think everyone should but the DVD and form their own opinion!
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September 3, 2007
This customer review refers to Eternal Summer (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
|The first time I watched this movie, my conclusion was... well, it is just a so-so slow-pace gay movie. But the more I view it, the more I find out the strength of this movie. I realize that Eternal Summer is one of the rare germs in Asian world of gay cinema. Good camerawork. Nice storyline. Strong performances of the three young leading-stars (especially Joseph Chang). The low pace of this movie, instead of make me a bit boring, later I find out that this one gives me more rooms to think deeply of relationship or secret among those three main stars. By the way, have you experience... When the first time you listen to a new song, you aren't too interested; but after listening many times, then you're getting like it more and more? Eternal Summer is a kind of like that. You will like it after you watch for the second time or more...|