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Girlfriend Boyfriend 2012 123movies

Girlfriend Boyfriend 2012 123movies

Everyone should have two lovers. One that you love & one that loves you.Aug. 03, 2012105 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Mabel, Liam and Aaron have been friends since childhood. Their bonds of friendship are tested when, years later, they realize their friendship is the only reason they have made it through emotional hardships and extreme tragedies.
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A Nutshell Review: gf*bf
Taiwanese films are becoming sexy again, and this probably is due in part of its crop of up and coming directors who are now holding their own against the art-house veterans, with their box office success being indication of their connecting with the audience at large, both local and overseas. Writer-director Yang Ya-Che’s second feature film gf*bf shows the kind of appeal that’s attractive to the general audience with its themes of romance starring a good looking cast, but in essence has a powerful story as gravitas to back it up.

Told over three decades from the martial law of the 80s, to the free spirited 90s and of today, the story revolves around three students, rebellious in their own right during their school days, but forming firm relations and friendship during their formative years. The brilliance in the scripting is in how Yang managed to craft really complex relationships between these three primary characters alone that worked on multiple levels, and showed a very fine and keen observation of the human condition, in the way we allow ourselves to be influenced by society at large, whether to conform or rebel against it, and how such decisions affect and change our behaviours, attitudes, and perhaps personality as well.

It’s about how people change over time due to events and ever growing experience, whether jaded ones or otherwise, and how these changes affect the people around us, especially those whom we care about most. For Mabel (Gwei Lun-Mei), Liam (Chang Hsiao-Chuan) and Aaron (Rhydian Vaughan), life in school meant plenty of opportunities to work against the uniformed establishment, to try and break free from restrictive, and sometimes inexplicable rules. The impetuousness of youth continues into the 90s where the student movement got larger and more proactively vocal, before life in the present requires a lot more responsibility and level- headedness, with a surprise in the twist of narrative thrown in for good measure.

The trio’s love triangle is what made this film come alive, and that’s all that should be mentioned about it. While the title may be that little giveaway, suffice to say the romance in the film, amongst the characters, prove to be the best thing about the movie. All three actors gave convincing performances, that you’ll feel every heart break, every heart wrench, and share in their little moments of happiness and warmth when things go their way, albeit not most of the time. Yang Ya-Che shows off some incredible sensitivity in making all of them multi-faceted, and multi-dimensional, and each of the actors did brilliantly to flesh their characters, making all of them pretty much endearing as we chart their ups and downs in life, especially their luck in love, or lack thereof.

Gwei Lun-Mei anchors the film, being the female amongst the two male leads, probably put in the best performance to date in a role that has plenty of spunk, yet filled with girly vulnerability when she gets her heart open and prone to heartbreak. There’s a little sub plot involving her getai performing mom, and that provided a little bit of a distraction from the main narrative. While Rhydian Vaughan will likely set hearts aflutter with his good looks, playing the brash and sweet talking Aaron, Chang Hsiao-Chuan puts in a performance that’s completely opposite as if to starkly contrast in broad terms, two different categories of men, and excelled in playing the strong, silent type who had too much bottled within him. For a reason of course.

gf*bf hardly put in a wrong foot in its story telling, and makes the audience work for their reward. There are films which make it easy to understand from the onset no thanks to having everything told in verbatim fashion, but this one allows some piecing together of facts and information, with a little bit of cultural and historical significance put on the side, that makes it unique, moving, and a masterful piece of filmmaking.

Review By: DICK STEEL Rating: 10 Date: 2012-10-03
ménage-à-trois goes bitter
Ten years after Chih-yen Yee’s BLUE GATE CROSSING (2002, 9/10), which is a powerhouse debut for Lun Mei Gwei, who plays a schoolgirl harbors a secretive lesbian love to her best friend, but is also pursued by the boy who is her best friend’s object of unrequited admiration. In Ya-che Yang’s second feature after the box office dark-horse ORZ BOYZ (2008), GF*BF remoulds the love triangle with a girl and two boys, and ambitiously tracks their life orbit from late 1980s to the present, however, an unerring selling point is the all-the-rage queer leitmotif.

From their high school days in 1980s, Mabel (Gwei), Liam (Hsiao-chuan Chang) and Aaron (Vaughan) are three close schoolmates and rebellious to the militarized education of their school, discernibly Mabel has feelings for the introvert but kindhearted Liam, but the latter never make an initiative to chase after her, instead, a more exuberant and hot-blooded Aaron woos her and they become lovers.

In 1990, Liam and Aaron are college flatmates, at the heat of a critical social change which demands democracy in Taiwan, the ambitious Aaron is an avid adherent of student movement, and the three reunite as protestants in a sit-down in front of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, but little as they know, their future is never how they can imagine. When wine is in, truth is out, during an after-party, Liam finally reveals to Mabel his affection towards Aaron, and Mabel is also devastated to realize she and Aaron can never be together.

7 years later, out of the ivory tower, Aaron marries into a rich family and Mabel is his mistress; Liam, also is a lover of a closet man with a family, they meet again, friendship forever, is just a hollow slogan to save the face, Aaron’s attempt to elope with Mabel foils at the last minute in the airport, again Mabel heartbreakingly braces herself to be the bravest one. Liam is the one who knows her best, their train of thought clings to the remembrance of the past, but a malignant tumor will make things easier for them. In the coda set in 2012, a middle-age Liam is the custodian of Mabel’s twin daughters, an unheralded Mr. nice guy sacrifices his life to raise the offspring of his best friends one of whom he is in love with and another he is unable to love.

A box-office success, and grabbed 7 Golden Horse Awards nominations (encompasses the big 5 with cinematography and a Supporting Actor nomination for the transformative Bryan Shu-Hao Chang as a silver-tongued sissy queen) and won Gwei a coveted BEST ACTRESS trophy for her transfixing performance, who again and again deservingly salvages the film from its dullest and most arbitrary moments, Mabel’s tribulations are poignantly presented with a force of impact so powerful and destructive, wonderfully contrasts to Hsiao-chuan Chang’s repressed implosion, which is also painful to watch, and it heralds Hsiao-chuan’s rosy effort to venture into a wider spectrum as a mature actor instead of a brawny pretty boy who leaves an indelible impression in Leste Chen’s ETERNAL SUMMER (2006, 7/10), another ménage-à-trois teen-spirit love confusion. Vaughan, the red-hot British-and-Taiwanese mixed-blooded jock from MONGA (2010) and TINY TIMES series (2013-2014), is a fresh-air but fails to lift the momentum under his belt, his Aaron is the most ambiguous one among the trinity, his comeuppance is never mentioned, but we can conjure up from the context, he is the most pathetic one.

One cannot overlook the ambition from Ya-che Yang, who tries to conjoin politics with a youth culture of repression and rebellion extending almost 25 years, but never quite hits the bull’s- eye, utilizing conspicuously emotive songs to amp up an atmosphere of grandeur and upsurging emotions also falls contrived and wanting. It is a beautifully shot film nevertheless and the performances are highly recommendable, Lun Mei Gwei and Hsiao-chuan Chang are among my Top 10 lists of 2012 so far.

Review By: lasttimeisaw Rating: 6 Date: 2014-08-11

Other Information:

Original Title 女朋友‧男朋友
Release Date 2012-08-03
Release Year 2012

Original Language zh
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Ya-che Yang
Writer Ya-che Yang
Actors Gwei Lun-Mei, Hsiao-chuan Chang, Rhydian Vaughan
Country Taiwan
Awards 8 wins & 25 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision C-, E-Series, ATZ and AWZ2 Lenses
Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Panavision (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, D-Cinema

Girlfriend Boyfriend 2012 123movies
Girlfriend Boyfriend 2012 123movies
Girlfriend Boyfriend 2012 123movies
Original title 女朋友‧男朋友
TMDb Rating 6.5 23 votes

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