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Bolin Chen and Ivy Chen Teams Up Again for Campus Confidential

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Third time’s the charm. Though it does not necessarily mean that the first and second were duds. On the contrary, Modern People was great. I was happy that Hong Guo ended up with Fei Fan (Hu Ge) but had she chosen Ling Lie (Bolin) it would still be a good ending for me. BBS: Silent Code also did pretty well at the box office. And on their third team-up, the two may actually have a happier ending.

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Campus Confidential 愛情無全順 is about a campus legend. According to rumors, there is a mysterious lake in the campus where according to legends, if a couple meets by the lake they would be bound by a spell of love and will be destined for life. Liang Xiaoqi (Ivy Chen)is the envy of every girl and the fantasy of every guy on campus. She’s the campus “it” girl with a hot boyfriend Zhang Sheng (Jiang Kang zhe) She wants to refute the story after accidentally falling into the muddy lake straight into the campus nerd Wi Zhuan Xun (Bolin Chen). However, after the incident a series of unfortunate events follows which seems to be bringing them even closer to each other.

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It may not be the most original concept but seeing Chen Bolin with pimples,warts and all is worth it. He absolutely looks the part! Plus the two of them together is just fun to watch. They have a certain dynamics that works for the camera. I’m definitely not gonna let this pass.

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Hear Me: A Heartwarming Unconventional Love Story

Hear Me Official movie poster

Hear Me Official movie poster

Who has not seen this movie? Raise your hands! If you haven’t, you better buy the DVD, download it or just watch it on line. I’m telling you, this movie is a  must-see. It’s not over glossed, overly hyped or formulaic like most movies nowadays are. Hear me 听说 is a beautiful, simple and heartwarming movie. It was released in Taiwan in 2009, directed by Cheng Fen fen.

There are many reasons why you will enjoy this movie.  First of all it’s a love story. Who doesn’t love a love story? But this kind of love story is so cute and innocent that it makes you remember your first love.  Second, the actors are great. Ivy Chen even won a best actress award for this role and Eddie can disarm you with his boyish charms.  To be honest, they are two of my favorites but I’m not saying this movie is great just because I love them.  Lastly, it’s interesting to see that communication is not only through words.

 

A Quick Recap.

The story is about 2 sisters, older sister Xiao Peng (Michelle Chen) who’s aiming to be part of the Deaflympics swimming team and younger sister Yang yang (Ivy Chen) who supports her older sister in every possible way, taking odd jobs just to earn money. This peaceful dynamics between the 2 sisters is tested when Tian Kuo (Eddie Peng), a young man who sells bento lunches, came into the picture. He takes an interest in Yang yang and soon the 2 of them develop a special relationship.

But when Xiao Peng’s life was endangered due to a fire in the neighborhood, younger sister Yang yang blamed herself for not being present. She feels that she has been drifting away from her so she decided to avoid Tian Kuo.

Soon after, Xiao Peng realizes what Yang yang has been trying to do for her and encourages her to live her own life.  But, despite her strong feelings for Tian Kuo, Yang Yang is hesitant to accept him because he is also hearing-impaired, or so she thought. It turns out that TK and YY can both hear and speak. It was just a misunderstanding from the very beginning. The story ends in a hopeful note, with Xiao Peng going back to win a medal at the Deaflympics with the couple (TK and YY) supporting her all the way.

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