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Cha Cha For Twins (DVD) (2-Disc Collectible Edition) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Jim Wang (Director) | Li Zhi Qi (Actor) | Li Zhi Qin (Actor) | Huang Pei Chia (Actor)
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Cha Cha For Twins, directed by Golden Bell Awards winner Jim Wang and first-time director Yang Yi Qian, is a youth love comedy about a pair of high school twins struggling to find their own identity. Huang Pei Chia plays the dual role of twin sisters who are entangled in a complicated relationship with their pursuers, played by Jiang Kang Zhe and Ou Yang Lun. The movie was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best New Director, Best New Performer, Best Original Film Song and Best Visual Effects at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2012.

Poni and Mini (Huang Pei Chia) are an inseparable pair of twins who are very hard to tell apart. Their resemblance, however, draws them apart as they yearn to be different and be treated individually. Their sisterhood is put to the test when they meet their high school sweethearts. Poni and nerdy student Hsu Yung Ping (Jiang Kang Zhe) have developed mutual feelings for each other but trouble comes around when Ping mistakes Mini for Poni. Mini, who is already in a relationship with Yu Kuo (Ou Yang Lun), finds herself become the center of attention of another guy. Poni, who is on the school basketball team with Mini, hopes to set the record straight with her younger sister as the final basketball season approaches.

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Product Title: Cha Cha For Twins (DVD) (2-Disc Collectible Edition) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 寶米恰恰 (雙碟珍藏版) (DVD) (台灣版) 宝米恰恰 (双碟珍藏版) (DVD) (台湾版) Cha Cha For Twins (DVD) (2-Disc Collectible Edition) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Cha Cha For Twins (DVD) (2-Disc Collectible Edition) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Li Zhi Qi (Actor) | Li Zhi Qin (Actor) | Huang Pei Chia (Actor) | Kao Ying Hsuan (Actor) | Winnie Chang (Actor) | Qian Wei Juan (Actor) | Paul Chiang (Actor) | Ou Yang Lun (Actor) 李志奇 (Actor) | 李之勤 (Actor) | 黃姵嘉 (Actor) | 高 英軒 (Actor) | 張 詩盈 (Actor) | 錢薇娟 (Actor) | 姜康哲 (Actor) | 歐陽倫 (Actor) 李志奇 (Actor) | 李之勤 (Actor) | 黄姵嘉 (Actor) | 高 英轩 (Actor) | 张 诗盈 (Actor) | 钱薇娟 (Actor) | 姜康哲 (Actor) | 欧阳伦 (Actor) 李志奇 (Actor) | Li Zhi Qin (Actor) | Huang Pei Chia (Actor) | Kao Ying Hsuan (Actor) | Winnie Chang (Actor) | Qian Wei Juan (Actor) | ポール・チャン (Actor) | Ou Yang Lun (Actor) Li Zhi Qi (Actor) | Li Zhi Qin (Actor) | Huang Pei Chia (Actor) | Kao Ying Hsuan (Actor) | Winnie Chang (Actor) | Qian Wei Juan (Actor) | Paul Chiang (Actor) | Ou Yang Lun (Actor)
Director: Jim Wang | Yang Yi Qian 王傳宗 | 楊貽茜 王传宗 | 杨贻茜 Jim Wang | Yang Yi Qian Jim Wang | Yang Yi Qian
Release Date: 2013-09-16
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, French
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Taisheng Multimedia Corporation
Other Information: 2 DVDs
Package Weight: 140 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034079339

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導演:楊貽茜、王傳宗

  今年夏天最讓你 怦然心動的青春戀曲
  身高一樣,體重一樣,連經痛的程度都一樣。但,我們的愛情能不能不一樣?

  當你千方百計想要成為你自己的時候, 偏偏就是有人把你認錯,這絕對是最慘的。

  張寶妮和張米妮(黃姵嘉一人分飾)是對雙胞胎。外貌、課業與體能表現上都十分相近,使外人難以辨認她們之間的不同。但姊姊寶妮,卻希望大家明白,她們的內心是差很多的。

  寶妮與同校的男孩子徐永平(姜康哲飾)互有好感,但分不清兩人的永平卻陰錯陽差追成妹妹;籃球隊的新教練錢薇娟(本人客串)也只注意她的雙胞胎身分,不把她當獨立球員看。妹妹米妮與男朋友優果(歐陽倫飾)之間相處碰到了難題,讓優果也一直來煩她。因為「分不清」造成的誤會越來越多、自己的心事無法兩人分擔,讓寶妮更加苦惱。

  高中最後一個球季即將來臨,這是寶妮澄清誤會、擺脫妹妹、成就獨一無二自己的機會,她也試著奮力去爭取…

幕後花絮:NG篇‧導演篇‧王導演篇‧寶妮米妮篇‧永平篇‧優果篇‧全家福篇‧配樂篇‧合成特效篇1‧合成特效篇2

*第14屆台北電影獎︰最佳劇情片、最佳編劇、最佳剪輯
*第49屆金馬獎入圍五項大獎︰最佳新導演、最佳新演員、最佳原創劇本、最佳原創歌曲、最佳視覺效果
*第8屆大阪亞洲電影節朝日電視獎︰最有潛力演員獎
*第13屆華語電影傳媒大獎入圍︰最佳新演員獎
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Professional Review of "Cha Cha For Twins (DVD) (2-Disc Collectible Edition) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

September 18, 2013

Double your pleasure with Cha Cha For Twins, an enjoyable but contrived youth film from the Taiwan Cinema factory. Screen newcomer Peija Huang stars as both Poni Chang and Mini Chang, 17 year-old identical twins coming of age – though perhaps at different speeds. The two are teammates on the school basketball team, but each has a different mindset. Mini is more candid and impetuous, and shrugs off basketball practices while Poni spends hours in the gym to prepare for that next possession or rebound. Mini is pursued by debate team member Yogurt (Lu Ouyang), while Poni becomes infatuated with Ping (Paul Chiang), a dopey lad who belongs to a local gangster family. Two hours of terrible communication, mistaken identity and squabbling twins ensues. Will Mini and Poni get through this rough patch with their sisterly bond intact, and will this sitcom pilot be picked up for a full season?

Despite resembling a television situation comedy, Cha Cha For Twins works because the filmmakers don’t treat their material like it belongs in one. The story of Poni and Mini — and how they get into silly shenanigans because they look exactly alike – would be great for a half-hour weekly but directors Jim Wang and Yang Yi-Chien go for Taiwan pop-art cinema style, complete with pleasing scenery, quirky characters and an enjoyably light, even droll tone. There’s some tougher stuff hinted at, e.g., Ping’s gangster ties plus Poni’s use of birth control pills as a means of delaying menstruation (It’s to play in a basketball game, really!), but the situations and characters are portrayed with an enjoyable innocence. Real tension is nonexistent, everybody has the best of intentions and all wounds are easily healed. Cha Cha For Twins plays it safe and never gets too serious or too silly, making it very easy to like.

Unfortunately, the film runs too long, and stretches its story to the point that it risks credibility. One large conflict involves Ping not knowing that Poni has a twin, but that doesn't feel credible given the environment (they’re all students in the same school) plus some specific plot developments, like when Ping’s gangster sister (Winnie Chang) reveals that she knows about the relationship between Mini and Yogurt, and yet she somehow doesn’t know that Mini has a twin named Poni. Also, all the conflicts could be solved if people just had a conversation, but everybody avoids them. Yes, these are kids and kids sometimes repress their feelings because they’re afraid of being hurt. However, the film is told largely in voiceover from Poni, and it’s hard to believe that a person this self-aware would engage in such bad communication. At some point, Cha Cha For Twins doesn’t support its own premise.

The performances are solid enough. Peijia Huang charms in the lead; with her huge eyes, cute snaggle-toothed smile and non-threatening sassiness, she’s like a manga heroine come to life. Some of scenes where she acts against herself feel a bit awkward, but the twinning visual effects are seamless and easily convince. Her love interests consistently amuse, with Paul Chiang demonstrating the same slow-witted likability that he did in Au Revoir, Taipei. Contrivances aside, Jim Wang and Yang Yi-Chien have put together a pleasing and well-made package that should easily earn mass audience approval. For its genre, Cha Cha For Twins is fine, and its twins hook allows it extra room to say the same old things in the same pleasing Taiwan Cinema way. This is style over substance that earns a recommendation nonetheless.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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October 4, 2013

Double the happiness, double the troubles
Cha Cha For Twins features a relatively unremarkable topic but has won the hearts of many critics with its genuine and down-to-earth screenplay, receiving five nominations at 2012's Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival including Best Original Screenplay and Best New Director. The film is directed by Wong Chuen Chung and Yang Yi Qian, who also wrote the script out of her own experience. Newcomer Huang Pei Chia shines in the dual role of a pair of twin sisters, playing opposite male leads Ou Yang Lun and Jiang Kang Zhe (Au Revoir Taipei).

Elder sister Poni and younger sister Mini (Huang Pei Chia), who were born five minutes apart, share an inextricable connection physically and mentally. They go to the same school, play on the same basketball team and share each other's secrets. As they grow older, Poni yearns to be different and recognized as an individual without references to her sister anymore. An identity crisis comes forth when they each encounter their first love. A social leader in school, Mini's boyfriend Yogurt (Ou Yang Lun) gets into fights with Hsu Yung Ping (Jiang Kang Zhe), who mistakes his crush Poni for Mini. Things get out of hand when Poni refuses to clear things up with Yung Ping and Mini.

You may ask what's so special about yet another Taiwan-style high school romantic comedy. The answer is that it is not much different except for the flawless twin characters created by director Yang. As an elder twin herself, Yang convincingly tells of the growing pains, tensions and problems between twin sisters concerning their individuality. The depiction of the sisters' desire to compete even for a bigger egg in their lunchbox or to live away from each other is on the dot. I have never thought about how it would feel if teachers, classmates or even lovers mistake me for someone else, but this movie succeeds in giving me some clues.

Huang Pei Chia's bubbly persona and her young, sweet looks are a perfect match for the teenage characters. There are no apparent wardrobe or styling differences whatsoever to tell apart the twins played by Huang; yet audiences won't find it hard to spot the differences between Poni's daring and stubborn personality and Mini's timidity and vulnerability. Thumbs up for Huang's portrayal of first love, whose greenness and youthfulness remind me of Michelle Chen in You Are The Apple Of My Eye.

Though the movie did not do so well in the local box office, the preciseness of the character design is memorable – not only Poni and Mini's but also the boys' as well. I cannot find mishaps in the frequent use of CG and doubles in the movie, and all that was done under a budget of only US$700,000. It was, in fact, the lowest-budgeted film nominated for Golden Horse's Best Visual Effects last year. Cha Cha For Twins is an angst-ridden 110 minutes of identity mix-up which will result in remarkable satisfaction thanks to a genuine script full of the shyness of youth.

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