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Taipei in the 1970s was a very intolerant place for homosexuals. This story is about a young man named A Qing whose family cut him off because of his sexual orientation. (Source: IMDb) ~~ Adapted from the novel "Crystal Boys" (孽子) by Pai Hsien Yung (白先勇). Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(台灣)
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 20
  • Aired: Feb 17, 2003 - Mar 14, 2003
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Original Network: PTS
  • Duration: 55 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 150 users)
  • Ranked: #48992
  • Popularity: #7290
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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Carlito
17 people found this review helpful
Mar 26, 2017
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
It's been a little time since I've watched it so don't remember every episode in detail but the story is great. I thought I would have hated it but I was so happy it had so many episodes to fully get the story across. I felt all the emotions and was really impressed by the acting (not amazing but clearly above what you would expect). It tackled so much on love, lost, family, oppression and culture. This series has a real special place in my heart and I just love that it exists.
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eldawo
12 people found this review helpful
Apr 18, 2022
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
This review may contain spoilers

One of a kind masterpiece!!!

I never thought I would write a review but this drama left me no other choice.

Everything, from cinematography to the haunting soundtrack is pure heart wrenching perfection.

However, I do have to give you a fair warning before you start this journey: This is NOT a BL drama. So if you are looking for a gay romance this might not be the one for you. Crystal Boys is a look at the gay community in the 70s Taiwan. It's dark, gritty, passionate, sad, poetic... it shows you all the different shades of life that luckily most of us don't have to bear anymore.

Watching this feels like reading a deeply sad poem at night while a faint light of the moon is shining in through the window and the world quiets down, letting you completely lose yourself in the endless emotions of your heart...

Now let's dive in a bit deeper - MILD SPOILDERS AHEAD -

The story? 10/10

As I said, this is not just a love story. You will see what it was like to live at that time in Taiwan from perspective of the poor, the rich, the middle class. The plot follows several characters and tells many different stories of the 'crystal boys' trying to find their way despite their varied circumstances. Sometimes it feels almost episodic in nature. It's rich, it will make you feel all the emotions imaginable and most of all, it will stay in your memory long after you finish the last episode.

The cinematography? 10/10

Unlike modern dramas, you can see a lot unique thought that went into each shot. Most of the story takes place at night and the way the drama uses light and shadow is remarkable. Of course, it's an older drama so the quality is very different from what is common today, however in my opinion it only enhances the gritty story it tries to convey.

The acting? 10/10

Perfect cast. Again, this is not a BL. So don't expect every single character to be straight out of Vogue and GQ. The casting is very true to life - you actually get actors who are older than 20 (pure myth in today's day and age). And it all just adds to the realistic feeling of the drama.

Music? 10/10

If I could I would give this category 100/10. This might be one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. Period. Not just dramas. In general. I was amazed to find a gem like this and had it on repeat for weeks. Each tone will tear your heart to pieces...

Rewatch value? 10/10

This is a subjective rating and also comes from the fact that I wasn't able to find many other Chinese/Taiwanese dramas that would be this serious. These days almost everything is happy and bubbly - which is not a bad thing. However sometimes I crave something serious, dark, poetic... and this ticks all the marks.

Final thoughts:

Do yourself a favor - just watch it. There is nothing even remotely similar among other dramas - so at least for the unique experience of seeing something completely different, give it a shot. You might just find your new heartbreaking obsession.

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Details

  • Drama: Crystal Boys
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Episodes: 20
  • Aired: Feb 17, 2003 - Mar 14, 2003
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Original Network: PTS
  • Duration: 55 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 150 users)
  • Ranked: #48992
  • Popularity: #7290
  • Watchers: 1,232

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