Taiwan Film Festival

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Ocean Fever


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OCEAN FEVER
海洋熱
Haiyang Re

Directed by Chen Lung-nan
導演 陳龍男
(2004)

This verite portrait of young rock ‘n rollers was an audience favorite at the 2004 Taipei Film Festival. Aboriginal Taiwanese director Chen Lung-nan takes a fly-on-the-wall approach to chronicling the experience of five fledgling bands including a raucous rapmetal combo called Stone and the punkish girl trio Hotpink in the heady days before they perform at the Ho-Hai-Yan Rock Festival, a massive beachside talent contest for aspiring pop acts. In classic “rockumentary” fashion, the film captures the hopes and dreams (not to mention the personal doubts and unexpected setbacks) of the competing bands while offering an affectionate look at contemporary youth culture in Taiwan.

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