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17 sui de tian kong (2004)

A gay teenager falls for an architect after moving to the city to find a summer job.

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Tien
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Bai Tieh-nan (as Duncan)
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Yu
Dada Ji ...
C.C.
Jimmy Yang ...
Alan
Jason Chang ...
Jun (as Ta-Yong Chang)
Ladder Yu ...
Kevin
Guan-Jie Huang ...
Jay
Tze-Long Yang ...
Taipei plumber
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Ray
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A gay teenager falls for an architect after moving to the city to find a summer job.

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Release Date:

2 April 2004 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Boku no koi, kare no himitsu  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$22,356 (Hong Kong) (6 August 2004)
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This low-budget teenage film was the only fiction feature in 2004 that did not lose money on the Taiwanese market (it has grossed twice its production cost). Produced by two young, inexperienced women in their late twenties and shot by even younger Chen Yin-Jung, this sex comedy about a young gay circle in Tapei looks quite amateurish, but its refreshing tone was up to now quite unheard of in Taiwanese cinema. See more »

Quotes

Alan: Tien doesn't know our plan, right?
Yu: Don't worry, I rented three DVDs for him to watch and kill time.
C.C.: They won't provoke him?
Yu: Don't worry, they're all safe movies. The Ring, Bride of Chucky, and Freddy vs. Jason. Nothing to do with love.
Alan: Aren't these movies too scary?
Yu: Nothing's scarier than heartbreak! Just my opinion.
[cut to Tien watching scary movies and freaking out]
Alan: Nothing can go wrong, right?
Yu: Unless Jason falls in love with Freddy.
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Funny and a bit too predictable
29 October 2010 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

As the title itself states, 'Formula 17' does follow a formula that has been done many a time: wide eyes romantic virgin with fanciful ideas of true love meets jaded playboy. This is the gay version of that older than old staple of romance comedy. But there is enough in this production to keep it fresh and interesting. First of all the awkwardness between the leads is very genuine. The acting is very good all around but secondary characters are of course either zany and over the top or of the straight man kind, a requirement that seems even more present in homosexual themed films. This leaves only the main couple to truly shine in terms of acting. Their awkward interaction gives a hint of realism in a whacky comedy.

The parody element is important in that it pokes fun at gay clichés with gusto, with narrated flashbacks staged as theater pieces and light heartedly making fun of being overly emotional. Jokes around lack of communication between Mandarin and Cantonese speakers will probably go over the head of most Western (or even non-Chinese) viewers but they keep the comedy from being too one note. Some nuances are introduced in the general outline of the movie since the jaded man is undergoing therapy to cure himself of his Don Juan ways. Not that this is at all taken seriously. Even when the story plods into its mandatory crisis two thirds into it there is never a feeling that anything is at all in jeopardy.

It ends as the viewer expected it too from the every first frame. The conclusion may be a bit too neat and there is something horribly distracting about the soundtrack, especially during intimate scenes. This movie has a certain amateur aura to it but that ends up being its greatest selling points. Shot in a fresh way and with plenty of color across the screen 'Formula 17' cannot help being formulaic but it is a worthy effort for all that.


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