18 year-old Ai lives the life of a mischievous teenager. She ignores her studies, putting all her passion into baking cakes that always come out burnt, lopsided, or hard as a rock. Ai cannot imagine a greater happiness than one day making the perfect pastry, until someone new walks into her life and Ai discovers some things in life are sweeter than cake.
This is Miao Miao, a shy exchange student from Japan. Yet behind Miao Miao's modest exterior hides a master chef. Miao Miao teaches Ai the delicate art of baking and Ai introduces Miao Miao to Taipei's ugliest snack, chicken feet. Both girls promise to make this year special. The year Miao Miao will do everything she's not allowed to do at home.
Ai imagines this as a life where they can do whatever they want. Get a tattoo or a belly button ring. A life away from her estranged father. But for Miao Miao, this means finding her first love. The kind of love her grandmother still talks about, even after Alzheimer's has erased all other memories.
As the year's big baking competition nears, Miao Miao spends less time by the oven and more time in a second-hand CD shop (once, it was a cake shop where Miao Miao's grandma first found love as a young girl). Its owner, Chen Fei, shuts out the world, using his headphones like earplugs. Miao Miao makes it her mission to uncover what past sadness has led him to hate music so much. But when Ai realizes Miao Miao is falling in love with Chen Fei, Ai discovers her feelings for Miao Miao may go deeper than she ever expected.
That summer, Miao Miao and Ai learned what it is to love. Their summer together perhaps did not last long. But life's emotional journey is just beginning.
Cast & Credits
Ai is a normal teenage girl with normal friends. None of them are good at baking and they love to joke around and goof off. Miao Miao is an exchange student from Japan who is very quiet and shy. The two girls hit it off right away and spend the majority of their time together. They are normal teenage girls. In the end Miao Miao falls in love with a guy who is so self absorbed and depressed. He spends his time with noise cancelling headphones on and searching for CD to help him remember his lost love and best friend. Ai, thinks Miao Miao spends too much time with him and is jealous. She wants Miao Miao all to herself, but not for reasons she thinks.
A warning to prudes: there are underlying homosexual tendencies in this movie. Nothing even remotely ‘graphic’ though. In all there are two different main love lines in this movie, a third in the background. None of them bloom by the end which really disappointed me.
I found it a little too boring and disappointing. I wanted something more to happen and develop between the characters, but nothing ever did. In all it’s a good short movie to watch if you want something a little more light-hearted that deals with friendship and finding the one you truly love.
Music: Honestly, it never made that much impression on me. I do remember that in the second hand CD shop it sounded like a lot of indie music. That wasn’t too bad. Honestly, I was more focused on what was going on in the movie than the tunes.
Cast/Acting: They weren’t bad, but they weren’t amazing either. Personally, I really invested myself into them, trying to figure out who they were and just what the hell was up Chen Fie’s ass. I loved Pinna Sandrine’s characters. While she was immature and goofy there was a sadness to her. Her parents aren’t together, she caught her dad in bed with a woman, and she loves someone who won’t love her back.
This was the first movie I’d seen Ke Alice in, but I was impressed. I know her major from college was English, but she did really good with Japanese. There wasn’t a whole lot spoken, but she really nailed it. Her acting was just as good, she really seemed shy and introverted.
Rewatch Value: 7
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If your a guy like me i just wanna say that the first minutes of the movie might look too much girly like they bake cakes, talk about crushes and have friends etc. Just go on continue watching and watch the development of these two main characters and the twist might surprise you..like "WTF i didnt see that coming", that "WTF i didnt see that coming" factor makes this movie IMO special to any movie in this genre. I enjoy watching this film, yes its slot but I like the colors and the music they played in the movie. Its a movie that the longer I think about it the better my opinion about it becomes. The acting I don't have a problem, tho this types of characters are not that complicated to play and both female leads have great chemistry so their own characters appears authentic. I really like the casting here they choose actors with very different appearance to suits their characters with very different personality and that in my opinion is a very genius move by the producers.
-a nice movie to watch after a busy work
-a nice movie to watch before sleeping
-one of the best coming of age films i've seen
-a movie with a "WTF I didnt see that coming" twist