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A lot of the roles are filled by acquaintances of Jay Chou's. As such Ah Bao, Yu Hao the "Prince Of Piano" and the record store owner are played by members of the Taïwanese pop band Nan Quan Mama and friends of Chou's, two of the teachers are played by people from his record company, Ah Lang is played by one of lyricists, Da Yong the caretaker by his makeup artist, the biology teacher by his father and his aunt at the market by his mother. In addition, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong had already played his father in Initial D (2005). See more »
Lu Xiao Yu is seen using a correction pen to write on a desk when she returned back to 1979. Correction pens were not introduced until the 1990s. See more »
I personally thought that the plot was rather exciting and intriguing. Jay Chou must definitely have put in much effort into making this movie. His first movie-making attempt is pretty much a success, I must say. He's even got very positive reviews and comments from award-winning directors from Asia.
Although the plot needed some thinking to be able to understand it fully, I thought this show was pretty original- a far cry from many other love stories produced. This love story was genuine and not like many other cliché stories you can find in the movie market. The actors and actresses put up remarkable jobs too. I personally feel that Jay Chou has made a great improvement with regards to his once-stagnant facial expressions. His co-star Guey Lun-mei's acting did not fail to impress too- for a neophyte selected by Jay Chou himself, her acting was breezy and natural.
The whole story is filled with love, passion for music and excellent piano pieces. My favorite parts were the piano battle, as well as the piano duet. I thought that Jay Chou's piano-playing was fabulous. He, indeed, lived up to his label as "musical genius".
Overall the movie was great. I watched it twice, and both times I still cried and laughed the same as before. Although I'm merely fifteen and hence my mentalities may be a cry away from some readers and movie-watchers here, I think that this show is one that you should catch. You will not regret it! :)
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