Sunday, September 04, 2005

New taiwanese Movie: My Fair Laddy.....

friend passed along this info to me....

MY FAIR LADDY is about a Taiwanese college boy and two Taiwan college girls. They are all students at Chung Cheng University (CCU) in Chiayi, Taiwan.

The boy, named Tong-tong, is not famous until he writes a drama that makes a big hit on campus and even nationwide. Sophia, the most beautiful girl at CCU, promises to perform this drama. During the rehearsal, they start to fall in love with each other...

On the other hand, Tong-tong's girlfriend, Ann, worries about her boyfriend since he begins to be famous. She is afraid of losing him. But she is a thoughful girl, and everytime Tong-tong is without any inspiration, she will pretend to be an anonymous character on the Internet and give him some suggestions.

Finally, Tong-tong is gradually confused with love, fame and being himself...

The movie has a little comedy, a little romance, and a lot of meaningful ideas about modern life and romance in today's Taiwan. It is sure to be a hit nationwide and overseas, too, in Japan and elsewhere.

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I finally saw the movie the other day at CCU, with about 1500 students in a huge auditorium, and it seems half the students loved it, and half didn't really like it that much. I loved it. I think it will do well overseas, too. It has subtitles now on the film print, so if you have a chance to see it, do.

Anonymous said...

The movie trailer, 90 seconds, is here. Click and smile!


The movie trailer is here. 90 seconds.

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`My Fair Laddy' shoots for college campus audiences

Alex Yang studies student life for his latest flick and addressed themes he hopes will resonate around campuses across the world

To make a college campus movie, Taiwanese film director Alex Yang (楊順清) went to a college campus. Not just any college campus, but the scenic Chung Cheng University (CCU) in Chiayi. Enlisting the enthusiastic support of CCU president Ren Luo and the student body, Yang and his production team shot My Fair Laddy, with several well-known Taipei television and film stars as the leads, among them Lin Meng-ching (林孟瑾) and Bobby Dou.
Filmed during a 30-day period in June and July, the film crew lived free-of-charge on campus at a CCU guest house, hired a supporting cast of extras from the student population and made My Fair Laddy -- yes, a play on My Fair Lady -- on a shoestring budget. Using nearby locations for background scenes, in addition to many campus locations, the movie has a southern Taiwan feel to it, according to those who have seen it, and it is poised to do well on the international film festival circuit next year. The romantic comedy had its nationwide premiere last month at CCU.

Yang said that word-of-mouth advertising via e-mail, Internet sites and bbs chatrooms will hopefully play an important part in the film's success. The Chinese title translates roughly as "My Happy and Unfettered Study Partner."

Eight more campus screenings are scheduled nationwide over the next few weeks, in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Hsinchu and Tainan, an appearance at next year's Berlin Film Festival is planned, and a DVD will be released in early next year. The theatrical release of the film in movie theaters around the country is set for early next month, according to Steve Cheng, a professor of marketing at CCU and one of the associate producers of the film.

In a recent e-mail interview, Yang, 40, spoke about the genesis and background of his new film, which he hopes to take later to audiences in Japan, Hong Kong, North America and Europe. The up-and-coming director, a graduate of the Taipei National University of the Arts, where he studied film with internationally-acclaimed director Edward Yang (no relation), has produced two well-received movies, The Trigger in 2003 and Taipei 21 last year.

When asked what kind of audience he was trying to reach with this campus comedy and how he did his pre-production research, Yang replied: "It's important to know the potential market and your target audience, of course, before you make a film, because a movie is more than just a mere work of art -- it is also a business enterprise, a product. In the last 20 years, almost every Taiwanese film has faced the same problem of how to market your film and find your audience, but in the end, a director has to go on his personal vision and intuition. That's what I've done for all my films."

In My Fair Laddy, the lead female character played by Lin, is named Sophia, has 108 study partners as the movie opens. While the theme of the movie is youth and how young people go about trying to make their dreams come true, the film is also about friendship, love and romance, Yang says.

"The movie has its elements of comedy, of course, and also of irony," Yang says. "For example, Sophia wants to find true love but how can she do this when she goes around accumulating 108 study partners? That is part of the theme of the movie: how to be really free and unfettered in life and love."

The main characters in My Fair Laddy are a male university student and two college coeds, according to the shooting script that Yang wrote earlier in the year. The young man, named Tong-tong, writes a play that becomes a big hit on campus. Sophia, one of the most beautiful girls on campus, says she wants to perform in Tong-tong's stage play, and during rehearsals, the two start to fall in love with each other. However, Tong-tong's girlfriend, named Ann, becomes worried that she might lose him.

"When I visited CCU last spring and talked to a lot of students there, I discovered some interesting insights about Taiwan society," Yang said.

"Of course, for young people anywhere, in any country, trying to make their dreams come true is never easy, but it's part of the process of growing up, maturing. We all go through it at that age. So even though the adult society around us may sometimes seem hypocritical or fake, when we are young, as the characters in the movie are, we live lives of innocence and strong emotions."

Yang said later editions of the film will have English subtitles, and a DVD will be released early next year also with English subtitles.

Yang and his producers plan to screen My Fair Laddy at the next Berlin Film Festival in Germany, and they also hope to get invitations later to film festivals in Japan, Canada, New York and Italy.

"Right now, our marketing efforts here in Taiwan are to screen the movie on college campuses nationwide this month and next, kind of like a university roadshow," associate producer Cheng said.

My Fair Laddy was financed in the usual Taiwan way, according to Yang, with a third of the funding coming from local and international investors, and the rest from a bank loan. One of the international investors, Yang said, is a French national, a director of a major multinational clothing company based in Asia who was once Yang's French teacher in Taipei when the director was a college student some 20 years ago.

Yang says he has three big hopes for his new movie. " I hope we can help bring audiences in Taiwan back to the movie theaters; I hope our investors can make some money, of course; and I hope filmgoers in Taiwan and overseas will really enjoy the story and the acting in the film."

Yang says he hopes My Fair Laddy will reach beyond Taiwan's shores and resonate overseas,too.

"I hope that not only Taiwanese students, but also students all around the world will identify with this movie's theme," he says. "If people have dreams, and most college students around the world today do, then they will be able to enjoy this movie. It's for them, after all!"

"Can Youth Save Taiwan Cinema?" asked the International Herald Tribune newspaper last year, in a headline above an article by Taipei-based reporter Caroline Gluck. "A new generation of Taiwanese filmmakers and producers is beginning to make waves," Gluck wrote, noting that Alex Yang was one of them.

My Fair Laddy might just be the film that brings Yang to the attention of a larger international audience and make his name a household word here in Taiwan.