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ETERNAL SUMMER (2007)

n , a , Leste Chen  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: Leste Chen
  • Format: Surround Sound, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: PICTURE THIS HO
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJ48PO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "ETERNAL SUMMER" on IMDb

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Eternal Summer follows the lifelong friendship of quiet, A-student Jonathan (Bryant Chang) and class rebel Shane (Joseph Chang). They first meet as kids, when their teacher pairs them together, hoping Jonathan's academic aptitude will rub off on his classmate. Ten years later, nothing much has changed: Jonathan still excels at academics, and Shane still lacks school smarts -- however he has grown into a hunky basketball star. As the two prepare to enter university, the new girl in school, Carrie (Kate Yeung), enters the picture, taking an immediate liking to Jonathan, who doesn't return her feelings, so her affections turn to Shane. Her influence in this newfound trio only serves to focus the boys' long dormant feelings for each other.

Bryant Chang makes his film debut in Eternal Summer as Jonathan. He is not related to Joseph Chang who plays his lifelong friend in the film.

Kate Yeun, herself a former Golden Horse Award nominee, previously appeared in the horror film The Eye: 10, as well as in Sylvia Chang's 20 30 40 for which she was nominated for the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Leste Chen is one of Taiwan's most prolific young directors, turning out numerous shorts, music videos, and the international hit The Heirloom.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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ETERNAL SUMMER (Sheng xia guang nian) is a delicate, quiet, understated and eloquent study of youthful interpersonal relationships form Taiwanese director Leste Chen from a screenplay by Cheng-Ping Hsu based on the novel by the same name by Chi-yao Wang. The style of the film allows a wide audience to appreciate the sexual challenges of teenagers and understand the need for finding love and acceptance in a world at times too busy to care.

The story begins in grade school where Jonathan Kang (Bryant Chang) is a gifted student asked to 'supervise' another young boy in his class, Shane Yu (the dazzlingly gifted young actor Joseph Chang) who has an apparent learning disorder/attention deficit. Shane is rambunctious and athletically gifted while Jonathan is the quiet, reserved, brilliant student. The boys bond as children and grow up together into young men facing the exams for university entrance. A young girl Carrie (Kate Yeung) meets the two boys: first she challenges the studious Jonathan to take a trip to Taipei (ditching school) where she hopes to have a physical encounter. The hotel room is a disaster and Jonathan feels isolated from both Carrie's desires and from deserting his duties at school - and with Shane, who Jonathan loves far more than merely a best friend. Shane gradually moves into Jonathan's position as Carrie's physical companion and the resulting triangle results in confessions and incidents that allow each of the three involved young people to grow and understand the spectrum of love.

The story is captured with exceptionally beautiful cinematic effects by cinematographer Charlie Lam and the atmosphere of play and passion is enhanced by the musical score by Jeffrey Cheng.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The plot of "Sheng xia guang nian" ("Eternal Summer") (2006) is a common and simple one: a case of unrequitted love, of a shy, studious young man for his more popular, athletic best friend. The difference, in this film from Taiwan, is in the telling, in the hands of a skilled director working with a cast of talented young actors. It essentially forcuses in on the blurred line between "best friends" and "love" between two young men from childhood through their university days.

It is a teacher who first brings them together, with a plan that Jonathan's study habits and obedient nature will rub off on class troublemaker Shane. The two develop a close working relationship, which carries them through their teen years, where it becomes obvious to the camera that Jonathan has a crush on Shane, who is the star of their high school basketball team. As they make the transition to the university, a new girl in school comes between them. First interested attracted to Jonathan, but guessing that he isn't interested in a sexual relationship with any girl, she pursues and begins an affair with Shane, which they keep from Jonathan so as to not "distract" him from his studies. Not surprisingly, the later revelation of their secret drives the two friends apart, despite Shane's perhaps-drunken attentions to Jonathan to smooth things over.

Beautifully photographed, well-acted and generally realistic in the character portrayals, I only had two problems with the film. The first, relatively minor, is the music, which I found to be overly dramatic and really not fitting the mood of the scenes. I also didn't like the end of the film, which left unresolved the basic question posed at the end of my first paragraph above.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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In a perfect world actor Hsiao-chuan Chang would be a star. He is the most subtle and sexiest actor I have seen in decades. His face is a knockout---especially his perfect lips. But the innocence he brings to his character is heart stopping.

Eternal Summer is a subtle and sexy Taiwanese movie that is beautifully directed and written by Leste Chen. Every scene and camera shot is perfection.

I found myself going back and watching scenes over and over again---especially, of course, the highly erotic love scene between male actors Bryant Chang and Hsiao-chuan Chang.

Gorgeous. Sexy. Subtle. True.

Bravo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough for me!!! October 22, 2012
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I had high expectations about this movie. The movie outline seemed interesting and it would have provided a great campus to allow the relationship to unfold between Shane and Jonathan. The movie never got out of 1st gear. The loves scenes were non existent apart from 2 scenes and the ending was very lame. On the positive side the acting was good and the characters were very realistic. For those looking for fireworks do not bother, for those looking for a mushy love story, it was ok!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taiwan Boys Growing-up January 21, 2010
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A story of boys grown up into young adults, their maturing mutual affection eclipsed into a steamy scene as both of them fancied and shared sympathy of a female co-student.

A bit illogical ending reflects, probably, some difference in mentality between Taiwan's audience and overseas viewers.

If this movie was remastered (The Departed and The Infernal Affairs, for instance), it might be a sort of pre-sequence to A Home at the End of the World.

In any case, possibility to buy a nice work at a highly discounted price in The Asian DVD Shop, itself is a perfect outcome from politics of multiculturalism flourishing somewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars eternal summer
the product came as advertized, it came quickly and is a wonderful movie of friendship and love would recomend to those who accept all kinds of love.
Published 20 months ago by Cathleen Jinnette
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully photographed, mostly disjointed and mediocre, but with one...
The only consistently outstanding thing about Eternal Summer is the photography. It's gorgeous. There are times when the way the camera moves through a scene is so fascinating, so... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit mixed
Wow. I'm rather taken aback by so many positive reviews of Eternal Summer here on Amazon. I will readily agree that there are some wonderful aspects to this film. Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by astrorev
5.0 out of 5 stars Eternal Love
Great Love story, a good movie to watch. Love the acting, it is great. Definately a good purchase.
Published on April 3, 2009 by M. Silva
3.0 out of 5 stars Eternal Summer
ok, but i was a little disappointed with the execution of the subplots
about the main characters mutual interests with each other
Published on December 24, 2008 by bigboyone
5.0 out of 5 stars nice in a sad way
i cared deeply about the characters and wanted a happy outcome for them. the movie has very good picture quality and was wonderful to watch. the story is emotionally moving.
Published on September 22, 2008 by Akira Touya
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthed to watch many times! Exellent!
The story, It's clearly about true meaning of friendship.
No matter what you are, No matter what u have done, best friend will always be your best friend. Just be honest! Read more
Published on August 2, 2008 by Eddy Sugihartono
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Friends CAN tell eachother ANYTHING, and is willing to do...
This is the first Gay and lesbian themed film that I have seen that not one of the characters get Aids, gay bashed, raped, or molested when they were a child, but then again I have... Read more
Published on June 17, 2008 by Angelo
5.0 out of 5 stars An adolescent love story with feeling
Probably the most beautiful and realistic love story of adolescent love that I have ever seen (gay or straight). Read more
Published on May 13, 2008 by T. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant menage a trois
This is an brilliant, absolutely beautiful film. It has been described, here and elsewhere, as gorgeous, delicate, exquisitely touching, poignant, affecting, and sublime; I echo... Read more
Published on March 25, 2008 by Mike Ross
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Eternal Summer! What is your opinion about the ending?
As I am a lit teacher, I watch and rewatch the scenes several times to find the missing pieces for closure. Yu (Shane) told Carrie when he woke up in Jonathan's room that he doesn't want to lose both Jonathan and Carrie. He obviously knew his best friend is gay and so he had do something after... Read More
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