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Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 3 August 2012 (Taiwan)
When three rebellious students leave their hometown to pursue their lifelong dreams in the big city, their relationships start to face the pressures of real life as the 1980s Taiwanese ... See full summary »


Ya-che Yang


Ya-che Yang
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Credited cast:
Lun-Mei Kwei ... Mabel (as Lun-Mei Gwei)
Hsiao-chuan Chang ... Liam (as Joseph Chang)
Rhydian Vaughan ... Aaron
Bryan Shu-Hao Chang ... Ron
Yung Kuan ... Liam's Father
Nai-Hua Lin ... Liam's Mother (as Nai-Hua Chiu)
Ning Ding ... Mabel's Mother
Serena Fang ... Aaron's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheng-Chien Chang Cheng-Chien Chang ... Aaron's Father-in-law - 1997
Alan Chen ... Plainchothesman - 1990
Etsen Chen Etsen Chen ... Best Man - 1990
Shirley Chien Shirley Chien ... President of the Gym - 1997
Ling Chou Ling Chou ... Oppressor Yin - 1985
Sam Ho Sam Ho ... Ron's Husband - 1997
Jill Hu Jill Hu ... Swim Team - 1985


When three rebellious students leave their hometown to pursue their lifelong dreams in the big city, their relationships start to face the pressures of real life as the 1980s Taiwanese socio-political reformation movement unfolds in the background. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

3 August 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Girlfriend Boyfriend: GF BF See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,016, 5 August 2012

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A coming-of-age love story tangled in life's complexities
8 October 2012 | by twentywoSee all my reviews

Those clued in to Taiwan's much-hyped cinematic wave and new generation of auteurs will find Ya-che Yang's new work familiar ground.

A blend of coming-of-age realities and a fair dose of human drama, it's a formula that has been shown to work wonders.

Moderation, however, is often shown to be the achilles heel when following such proved plot formulas. And while the film touches many a raw soul rooted in the conundrums of unrequited love, it is also perhaps where Girlfriend Boyfriend flatters to deceive.

Set against Taiwan's political wave of student uprisings in 1985, Girlfriend Boyfriend is a film about three school students coming to grips with their sexualities and self-consciousness.

Sean (Shu-Hao Chang), Liam (Hsiao-chuan Chang) and Mabel (Lunmei Kwai) are best friends who are bonded by the anti-establishment ideology of the time.

Each brings a different element and perspective but all three pieces fit into a perfect team picture of revolutionary prodigies staking their places in society.

Of course, the adrenalin-charging environment of the times can only raise the levels of raging teenage hormones, and the viewer is slowly thrown to question whether their friendship is defined by bonds, or by their own love agendas.

In giving each of his three leading characters a distinctive unyielding persona, Ya-che Yang sets the development of his characters in a natural motion as the years pass.

While the consistency helps the viewer take a liking to them and their unconventional ideologies, it also surfaces a rigidity that extends to their love interests. And that, while stemmed in the film's main theme, is also what this critic felt was overscripted to the point of tiresome blabber.

All in all, the viewer leaves the theatre sharing the sense of resignation to life's conundrums the film's three lead characters convey through their complicated characters at some time or another.

The great Oscar Wilde penned "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life"

If it was pertaining to Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012), it might make sense to put away the tissue box readied for Hollywood-esque heart-rending moments, and bring a state of human consciousness into the theatre.

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