Double Trouble

Two security guards — one from Beijing, one from Taipei — are forced to work together to track down a legendary Chinese painting that has been stolen by international art thieves

Lee’s Adventure

Lee suffers from Time Perception Disorder (TPD), a rare psychological illness that makes one unable to judge the length of time. Lee holds a boring job and his biggest interest is to play video games. That is a hobby inspired by Lee’s uncle, who left Lee a mysterious video game disc. His uncle claims that anyone who beats the game would open the door of time travel. Lee’s life dramatically changed when Wang Qian steps into his life. Wang Qian also suffers from TPD so she understands Lee more than anyone else does. Their romance blooms and the two decide to be together. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes and the happy days end abruptly. Wang Qian is killed in a traffic accident after Lee quarrelled with her. Lee’s world collapses. Feeling extremely guilty and desperate, he suddenly comes up with a crazy idea: Beat the video game his uncle left, open the door to time travel and save his girl. From that point on Lee embarks on an amazing journey.

Break Up Club (Fen Shou Shuo Ai Ni)

The emotional roller-coaster of falling in love is never felt so keenly as the first time it happens. Barbara Wong, who has achieved great success with films capturing the mood of Hong Kong’s young generation, unites two of its brightest talents and delivers a funny, touching and ultra-modern romantic comedy that will make you want to fall in love again, for the first time.

Joe (Jaycee Chan), a young man with little ambition in life, is devastated when his girlfriend Flora (Fiona Sit) breaks up with him. By chance he discovers the website “Break Up Club,” which claims he can be reunited with his girlfriend as long as he is willing to break up another loving couple. Joe immediately breaks up his best friend’s relationship, Flora returns to him and everything seems perfect. That is, until Flora breaks up with him again.

Joe tells his tale to filmmaker Barbara Wong – who plays herself in the film. When Wong gives Joe a camera to film his relationship with Flora to prove that the “Break Up Club” is real, he captures the everyday joys and pains of his first love. Flora, however, while undeniably in love with Joe, is growing increasingly frustrated with his continuous lack of motivation.

Chan and Sit have an irresistible chemistry onscreen and give outstanding performances that prove they are more than pop idols. Drawing on her experience as a documentary filmmaker, Wong blurs the line between fantasy and reality, interspersing the narrative with meta-moments of non-fiction. Convincingly using both documentary techniques and improvisation, she captures with wonderful naturalism the endless energy of a young couple madly in love, and the inevitable problems that arise.

By not shying away from portraying Joe and Flora as flawed characters, “Break Up Club” is a brutally honest and moving film about the end of one’s innocence and the understanding that love is ultimately about the sacrifices one must make. [Synopsis courtesy of Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto International Film Festival]