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Formula 17

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C+

 

 

Yin-Jung Chenís Formula 17 (2004) was banned in Singapore just by being about young Gay males having a social life, which is no surprise since Singapore lives banning everything.This is not because the film necessarily has explicit sexual content, though that content is surprisingly limited considering, but because the characters are happy together for the most part and cohere well in a world where they co-exist with the rest of society. And to think it could have gone further.

 

What can one expect from a film with queer themes but queerness, yet in a narrative film, where is it practically documentary and actually helping the narrative?In this case, the behavior is deemed sufficient enough to carry the story as if this had never been filmed before.However, it is not and despite being a commercial and critical success, it does not have as much to offer, as it should have for its reputation.Its lack of political point and series of missed opportunities is a shame.However, the makers knew it audience and it was the only profitable narrative film out of Taiwan that year, so now youíll be the judge if you are interested.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image looks good, with clarity and solid color throughout.There are details that are sometimes a problem, but otherwise are more impressive than expected, thanks in part to consistent work by cinematographer Hsi-Sheng Chen.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has healthy Pro Logic surrounds and the combination is good for a production with a limited budget.There are no extras except four trailers for other Strand titles.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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