Good-looking but superficial showbiz tale of fame and personal insecurity.
For Love's Sake
The songs add little to Miike Takashi's well-mounted but routine delinquent drama.
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Initially charming study of love and friendship across the years soon wears out its welcome.
Guns and Roses
Busy but uneven heist movie by Ning Hao, set in '30s Manchuria under the Japanese.
Sumptuously honed, trashy horror-drama centred on a super-model and her decaying body.
In Another Country
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Character rondo set in a beach resort is flimsy even by Hong Sang-soo's recent standards.
Key of Life
Clever black comedy about identity switching is well written and played, but a tad long.
Offbeat treatment of formulaic elements makes this troubled-teen movie very likeable.
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By Patrick Frater
Sat, 21 July 2012, 11:14 AM (HKT)
Taiwanese romance Gf*Bf 女朋友 男朋友 (pictured) will open the seventh edition of the Summer International Film Festival 夏日國際電影節 (14 – 28 Aug), the successful spin-off from the Hong Kong International Film Festival 香港國際電影節.
In between the festival gives a largely Asian spin to programming across two thematic sections, 'festival faves' and 'love and laughs', as well as a mixed bag of other material, including three summer titles by French auteur Eric Rohmer.
Thermae Romae テルマエ・ロマエ, Key of Life 鍵泥棒のメソッド, Guns and Roses 黃金大劫案, For Love's Sake 愛と誠, Rent-a-Cat レンタネコ (2011), Thank You Gangsters サンキュー窃盗団 (2011) and animation Wolf Children おおかみこどもの雨と雪 make up the Love And Laughs section.
There is also a revival of In Our Time 光陰的故事 (1981), which includes sections directed by Edward YANG 楊德昌 and CHANG Yi 張毅. The HK Summer festival presents it under the banner 'The Dawn of New Taiwanese Cinema' reflecting its historical importance.