Partners In Crime
Directed by Chang Jung-chi
UPDATE: The March 16 has been moved from New People to Sundance Kabuki.
Three vastly different teenagers — Huang, Yeh and Lin — attend the same school but barely know each other. On their way to school, they inadvertently discover the bloodied body of Hsia, a well-off schoolmate whose alleged suicide seems suspicious. As the boys set out to uncover clues and right wrongs on her behalf, they unwittingly become accomplices to something perhaps more mysterious and sinister: adolescent friendship.
A dark tale of personal secrets and public tragedies, PARTNERS IN CRIME touches upon the manifestations of teenage bullying, isolation and imagination in today’s world, where virtual interactions are becoming the norm. Moreover, this film cleverly portrays the unlikely bonds forming between the inscrutable Huang, bookish Lin and “bad boy” Yeh, all while following the form of a compelling mystery novel. While Chang Jung-chi’s sophomore feature is a sobering departure from his uplifting debut about a young blind pianist, TOUCH OF THE LIGHT (CAAMFest ’13), his keen observations about contemporary youth and his skillful storytelling continue to make him one of the most interesting voices of young Taiwanese cinema.
– Chanel Kong
Co-Presenter: Taiwanese American.Org
Executive Producer: Crystal Chang, Ason Chen, Max Fang, Charles Hu, Rick Lei, Tung Szu-mei, Lin Tien-kuei, Chan Ye-cheng
Producer: Wolf Chen, Julia Hsieh, Tony Hu, Jacky Yee Wah Pang, Michael Tseng, Mimi Wang
Writer: Monica Shaballe
Cinematographer: Jimmy Yu
Editor: Nyssa Li
Sound: Tu Duu-chi, Subrina Wu
Music: Wen Tzu-chieh
Cast: Yao Ai-ning, Wu Chien-ho, Cheng Kai-yuan, Deng Yu-kai