Directed by Yang Ya-che
Opening Night Film, 2012 Taipei Film Festival
Nominee, Best Picture, 2012 Golden Horse Awards
Director Yang Ya-che follows up his acclaimed debut Orz Boys with yet another look at growing up, the environments that shape young people’s fates, and the memories they end up taking with them. However, it seems Orz Boyswas just practice for the much more ambitious nostalgia trip GF*BF, which covers three decades in the lives of three pegs in a love triangle.
Beginning in high school, Mabel (Kwai Lun-mei), Liam (Joseph Chang), and Aaron (Rhydian Vaughn) see their adolescent antics turn into unrequitable love. Their passions come to a head as Taiwan’s democracy movement does, and as martial law is explosively lifted. “When you wake up, Taiwan will no longer be the same,” they’re told, but the awakening is not merely one from a political slumber or even a romantic one. It’s the rise of a whole new generation of Taiwanese, reared on graffiti and 80s rock.
Harkening back to Taiwanese cinema’s more fervent 90s, GF*BF wears politics on its sleeves and tears on its cheeks. Impassioned and romantic, Yang’s starry-eyed sophomore feature stands out amongst the year’s best for Taiwanese cinema.
Cast: Kwai Lun-mei, Joseph Chang, Rhydian Vaughn