Overview:

CLASSMATES MINUS is not director Huang Hsin-Yao’s first film masterpiece, The Great Buddha. However, this is a competent second undertaking, and classmates minus continue to have the same aesthetic and political concerns as the Great Buddha, who invaded Taiwan cinema in 2017.


On the one hand, after producing Classmate Minus, Huang was able to break the expectations of another internationally recognized film that won awards at film festivals. So, on the one hand, Classmate Minus pays homage to efforts to recreate a domestic Taiwan production that never reached the international scene, a comedy that is crude and imperfectly recorded.

Release Date:

Classmates Minus is going to air on 20 February 2021 in the USA.

Summary:

This is a story about four classmates. The lines of action are intertwined. These are middle-aged directors who are disillusioned by their undiscovered talent, hard workers who are depressed by poor performance, empty household lists that doubt love, and newspapers that offer producers who communicate with the dead. can.

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Cast And Crew Members:

• HUANG HSIN-YAO IS THE DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY
• CHENG JEN-SHUO
• LIU KUAN-TING
• LAI HSIU-HSIUNGEDITIN
• CHUNG MONG-HONG IS THE PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHY
• LIN NA-DOU
• ADA PAN
• ZHU ZHI-YING

Review:

Classmate Minus draws a strange parallel to this year’s hit family drama “Little Big Women”, which appears to be the opposite of “Classmate Minus”, and focuses solely on the subjectivity of its main character, the sister and mother of a Tainan family. Classmate Minus, like Little Big Women, is a film that aims to portray local contexts outside Taipei, in this case, Taichung. However, the main story of both films is too many characters, which hinders the full development of the ensemble.

Classmate Minus is best when it is the most serious. But the focus on feeling inadequate at middle age in the group of male high school peers is not an interesting issue in and of itself. That’s not to say that Huang, as one of the most promising directors, ran away to see contemporary Taiwanese cinema, but it may turn out to be a transitional work for Huang in the end.