Eternal Summer

Eternal Summer

Director: Leste Chen Cast: Joseph Chang, Bryant Chang, Kate Yeung
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Eternal Summer

Three high-school students experience the perks and pratfalls of modern love in director Leste Chen's sensitive tale of friendship and yearning. As a child living in a seaside town in southern Taiwan, studious Jonathan (Bryant Chang) was asked by his concerned teacher to look after rebellious classmate Shane (Joseph Chang). Ten years later, what was once a good-natured obligation has since blossomed into a warm friendship, with Jonathan still on the academic track and Shane finding his calling on the basketball court. When Taiwanese-born schoolgirl Carrie (Kate Yeung) transfers to their school from Hong Kong and convinces Jonathan to join her on a secret day trip to Taipei, her botched effort to seduce him in a sleazy love hotel, combined with her observations of his and Shane's friendship, soon leads her to believe that the object of her affections is a homosexual in love with his best friend. Despite her initial misgivings about the boorish Shane, Carrie soon begins to give in to the troublemaker's roguish charm when he convinces her to become his girlfriend if he is accepted into a university. Later, as Shane pulls his act together and Jonathan begins to experience a sexual-identity crisis, the former does his best to keep his feelings for Carrie secret in order to protect the feelings of his lifelong friend. Despite Jonathan's, Shane's, and Carrie's best efforts to keep their personal feelings secret, the truth eventually emerges, forcing all three to view their relationships in an entirely new light.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2007
UPC: 0667443579144
Original Release: 2006
Rating: NR
Source: Picture This
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:35:00

Special Features

Interviews with director Leste Chen and lead actors; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer (Taiwan); North American trailer; Photo gallery; Widescreen (2.35:1); 5.1 Dolby surround sound; Scene selections; Coming attractions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Chang Shane
Bryant Chang Jonathan
Kate Yeung Carrie

Technical Credits
Leste Chen Director,Producer
Shen Chan-chih Production Designer
Hsu Cheng-ping Screenwriter
Paulina Chiu Costumes/Costume Designer
Howie Cho Score Composer
Howie Chou Score Composer
Tu Duu-chih Sound/Sound Designer
Cheng-Ping Hsu Screenwriter
Yang Hsu-fen Co-producer
Patrick Mao Huang Producer
Hsiao-Yun Ku Editor
Charlie Lam Cinematographer
Lo Shun-fu Art Director
Dean Wang Original Story
Zee Yang Score Composer
Jane Yang Score Composer
Zane Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Eternal Summer
1. Opening Credits [4:45]
2. Guardian Angel [3:59]
3. High School [2:58]
4. New Girl [4:39]
5. A Night in Taipei [5:18]
6. Bike Race [4:01]
7. Studying [4:08]
8. Looking for Jonathan [3:58]
9. Big Game [4:43]
10. Boyfriend & Girlfriend [4:31]
11. Exam Grades [3:38]
12. University [3:54]
13. Earthquake [4:39]
14. Phone Calls [4:26]
15. Confession [7:04]
16. Faculty Ball [4:47]
17. Motorcycle Crash [3:43]
18. More Than Friends [4:05]
19. Grown Up [3:49]
20. More Tests [3:15]
21. The Beach [6:46]
22. End Credits [3:09]

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Eternal Summer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. Yet it is the sensitive direction by Leste Chen that encourages the three superb young actors to become immersed in their roles. Chen knows when to say enough (the sex scenes are sensual and suggestive without even approaching an R rating) and when to allow scenes of quiet and eye contact to carry the drama. This is a very fine film that deserves a wide audience, both young and old. Highly recommended. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.