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MIAO MIAO

Hong Kong / Taiwan, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Next Gen)

Director: Cheng Hsiao-Tse

Teenage love just got trickier.

It's never easy being the new girl at school. For quiet and awkward Miao Miao - raised in Japan, but transferring to Taipei for the year - things get a lot easier when she finds an unlikely friend in sassy classmate Ai.

The two girls quickly become inseparable, but when Miao Miao starts to fall for Chen, the 20-something owner of a local record shop, Ai is consumed with jealousy, finding that her feelings for her friend are much stronger that she herself realised.

A coming-of-age film with a difference, Miao Miao explores the complexities of love and friendship, set against the bustling multicultural metropolis of Taiwan's capital city.

MIFF Recommends: Age 14+. Some adult themes and sexual references.

D Cheng Hsiao-Tse P Stanley Kwan, Jacky Pang Yee Wah S Tsai Yi-Fen, Cheng Hsiao-Tse WS Fortissimo Films L Mandarin w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008

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