Magazine article New Internationalist

Blue Gate Crossing

Magazine article New Internationalist

Blue Gate Crossing

Article excerpt

directed by Yee Chih Yen

If we are to believe Hollywood, the emotional lives of teenagers are easy to depict on celluloid. Everything is black and white - there is little room for shades of grey. This is especially true when it comes to love since teenagers always know exactly who they're attracted to and why, even if they can't pluck up the courage to approach the object of their affection. Of course, experience tells us that Hollywood's take on teenage life is a simplistic fantasy. More often than not, journeying through adolescence involves immersion in a dreamy world of shifting possibilities and contradictory emotions. It is precisely this richly confusing state that Blue Gate Crossing inhabits. Set in contemporary Taiwan - amid bicycle lanes and high-school corridors - the film tells the story of three students caught in a love triangle. …

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