directed & written by Jin Yi Meng
starring Wang Jun Yi, Yu Jia Nong, Yu Xiao Guang, Teresa Mo
Mandarin w/ English subtitles
It’s not an easy film to find reviews of but it’s set in China sometime around the cultural revolution although that is more of a backdrop for the story. The main focus of the film is a coming of age sports story with a love triangle tossed in. It follows a young boy who loves swimming but has to overcome various obstacles to realize his dream of doing it competitively. The film is comprised of a lot of familiar elements like the resilient protagonist, the childhood love interest, the jealous rival, rousing music during swim sequences but it uses them well. It manages to be compelling even when you can correctly guess what is going to happen a lot of times.
It’s a solid film but without any genuine surprises the movie risks becoming boring to the experienced film-goer. For some reason I don’t have a whole lot to say about this film but I thought it’d be best to write something since there’s so little about the film out there. I bought this dvd at Yesasia North America. They have a region free version of it for sale.