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Guey Lun Mei (Secret), Joseph Chang (Eternal Summer), and Rhydian Vaughan (Winds of September) star in GF*BF as three close friends entwined in an intricate love triangle spanning three decades. The second feature from acclaimed writer-director Gilles Yang (Orz Boyz), the film emerged as another winning nostalgic youthful romance from Taiwan in the wake of the phenomenal success of You Are the Apple of My Eye. Stylishly filmed with rich period details, the emotionally touching coming-of-age drama captured three awards at the 14th Taipei Film Festival before earning seven nominations at the 49th Golden Horse Awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Chang), and Best Actress (Guey).

GF*BF chronicles the entanglement of romance and friendship between the three leads against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Taiwan, which was still under martial law in much of the 1980s. At 17, Mabel (Guey Lun Mei) and Liam (Joseph Chang) are considered an inseparable couple by the classmates in their small-town high school. Enter Aaron (Rhydian Vaughan), the idealistic rebel who brings subtle changes to their relationship. Mabel reluctantly accepts Aaron's courtship, although still hanging around with Liam. Aloof and reserved, Liam doesn't seem to mind, and even becomes best mates with Aaron when they go to university in Taipei together amidst the social movements demanding sweeping reform. Ultimately, the trio's bonds are tested as they struggle to come to terms with deception, betrayal, and revealed secrets through the tumultuous times...

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Product Title: GF*BF (DVD) (Korea Version) 女朋友。男朋友 (DVD) (韓國版) 女朋友。男朋友 (DVD) (韩国版) 女朋友。男朋友 (DVD) (韓国版) 여친남친 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: Girlfriend, Boyfriend Girlfriend, Boyfriend Girlfriend, Boyfriend Girlfriend, Boyfriend Girlfriend, Boyfriend
Artist Name(s): Ding Ning | Gwei Lun Mei (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Serena Fang | Rhydian Vaughan | Bryan Chang 丁寧 | 桂綸鎂 (Actor) | 張孝全 (Actor) | 房 思瑜 | 鳳小岳 | 張 書豪 丁宁 | 桂纶镁 (Actor) | 张孝全 (Actor) | 房 思瑜 | 凤小岳 | 张 书豪 丁寧(ティン・ニン) | 桂綸鎂 (グイ・ルンメイ) (Actor) | 張孝全(ジョセフ・チャン) (Actor) | 房思瑜 (セレナ・ファン) | 鳳小岳 (リディアン・ヴォーン) | ブライアン・チャン Ding Ning | Gwei Lun Mei (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Serena Fang | Rhydian Vaughan | Bryan Chang
Director: Gilles Yang 楊雅喆 杨雅喆 Gilles Yang Gilles Yang
Release Date: 2013-08-15
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Eos
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033920172

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여친남친 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
*Sound Mix: Dolby digital 2.0
*Extras: 감독 인터뷰,계륜미 인터뷰, 뮤직비디오

*Director: 양야체

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청순한 첫사랑의 아이콘 계륜미, 사랑과 우정 사이 세 친구의 이야기로 돌아오다! ‘
‘말할 수 없는 비밀’의 청순했던 그녀, ‘타이페이 카페 스토리’의 우아한 도시녀, 이제 청춘스타에서 여배우가 되어 돌아온 ‘여친남친’의 계륜미를 만난다! 대만 청춘영화의 시작 ‘말할 수 없는 비밀’에서 ‘그 시절, 우리가 좋아했던 소녀’까지! 2013년, 격정의 대만 현대사를 관통하는 새로운 감성의 청춘멜로 ‘여친남친’ 등장!
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Professional Review of "GF*BF (DVD) (Korea Version)"

October 29, 2012

This professional review refers to GF*BF (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Director Gilles Yang Ya-Che follows up his award-nominated with GF*BF (a.k.a. Girlfriend*Boyfriend), an ambitious and well-made drama about a decade-plus-long love triangle. Taking place during three distinct time periods, the film opens in 1985, introducing us to Taiwan high-schoolers Mabel (Guey Lun-Mei), Liam (Joseph Chang) and Aaron (Rhydian Vaughan), three friends coming of age while living under martial law imposed by the Kuomintang. Despite this inherent tension, there’s youthful rebellion afoot as the kids sneakily break rules, sell outlawed magazines and generally show their defiance. However, what they can’t do is simply be honest with one another. Aaron likes Mabel, Mabel likes Liam, and Liam, well, Liam keeps making sidelong glances at Aaron. This is one love triangle that won't resolve itself well.

GF*BF fits in nicely with Taiwan Cinema's burgeoning international identity, showcasing Taiwan's unique history while also belonging to one of its most fest-friendly genres: the gay youth romance. Both Guey Lun-Mei and Joseph Chang have starred in well-traveled iterations of the genre, one a neo-classic (Blue Gate Crossing) and the other a glossy bishonen melodrama (Eternal Summer), and Rhydian Vaughan was the object of one-sided gay affection in the blockbuster Monga. What do all these facts mean? Nothing really, except that gay romances don't have much novelty in Taiwan, so the filmmakers better serve up something besides attractive actors and fan-baiting boys/girls love iconography. Yang Ya-Che does provide a few hooks: he's got politics, history and also some very good actors. He also has Rhydian Vaughan.

The politics of GF*BF are well-portrayed but only serve as support, giving context to the characters without defining their lives. Nobody in GF*BF is selling an agenda; Aaron mouths off to authoritarian teachers and the kids plan a protest dance, but the main point in the film's early going is seeing who Mabel ends up with. When the film jumps to 1990, she’s already hooked up with one of her two potential guys. Meanwhile, martial law has been lifted from Taiwan, and the characters take part in the Wild Lily student movement, when 300,000 Taiwanese ultimately turned out to support democratic reform. Aaron is a passionate student demonstrator while Mabel is only a part-time attendee. Liam may be present only to shadow Aaron. Among the three friends, only Aaron really seems to care about the future of Taiwan.

That's just how it appears, though. Aaron is gradually revealed as a vain attention-seeker who chases his desires while blindly ignoring the damage he causes. But the focus is really on Mabel and Liam; each progresses through life with a piece of themselves missing, and Guey Lun-Mei and Joseph Chang nail the material with strong performances. Chang, in particular, gets to the heart of his role with little more than his eyes to communicate every emotion. Guey's performance is nothing new, consisting of overdone sass and wounded soul, but she's very good at both. Vaughan suffers by comparison; the film plays off his callow persona well, but Vaughan never shows much of Aaron's inner self. Unlike Guey and Chang, Vaughan's gazes reveal only what he's looking at and not what he's feeling. Without those emotions, BF*GF seems more like the story of two people instead of three.

Despite the familiarity of the character dynamic, Yang sets up his love triangle exceptionally well. This is the story of three people who know the score and deny it, creating a paper truth that will never stand the test of time. Each jump in time brings characters solidly forward, with truths revealed, hurt lingering or damage wrought. However, the final jump from 1990 to 1997 features backwards movement. The three should be even further along, but two characters regress precipitously, and no explanation is given as to how it all went down. Furthermore, politics have become a memory, only surfacing to demonstrate how compromised some characters are. There's an interesting story there, but the film looks elsewhere, subjugating larger themes for an affecting but unremarkable look at love and friendship. There could have been more here, but Yang and GF*BF stay their well-traveled course.

Superficially, GF*BF is superlative. Yang Ya-Che knows when to speed things up via montage, and when to slow them down for key dialogue. One particular exchange, between the older Liam and Mabel, is remarkably well-staged, making up for the fact that it's still a long monologue that explains everything the audience needs right when we need it. There's also a framing device, featuring an even older Liam watching over twin girls whose real parents are suspiciously not around. The film explains these details just like it explains everything, with efficient, understandable and attractive feeling. GF*BF is a movie that's notable not for what it says, as the story is familiar and there's much left unexplored. But Yang Ya-Che tells the story well, and in movies that sometimes makes all the difference.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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