Bu neng shuo de. mi mi (Secret) (2007)

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Taiwanese singer Jay Chou makes his feature directorial debut with this romantic tale following the romance between a handsome piano prodigy and a mysterious beauty. Yeh Hsiang-lun (Chou) is an exceptionally gifted pianist who has recently transferred to the Tan Jiang College of Arts at the behest of his father (Anthony Wong). One day, while walking through the school's soon-to-be-demolished conservatory, Yeh hears an intoxicating melody being performed by talented Lu Hsaio-yu (Guey Lun-mei). When Yeh asks Lu the name of the song, the pretty pianist shyly responds that it's a secret. Later pursued by female student Ching-yi (Alice Tzeng), Yeh rebuffs her advances to arrange a secret rendezvous with Lu that goes unexpectedly awry. In the aftermath, Lu disappears from the school, leaving the lovelorn Yeh reeling. Five months later, Yeh is performing at the school's graduation ceremony when he locks eyes with the long-lost Lu. While Yeh is determined to win Lu back, a secret from the past threatens to sink the prospect of a lasting romance between the pair. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Releasing International

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Critic Reviews for Bu neng shuo de. mi mi (Secret)

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

A slickly packaged college romancer with a mystical component that turns into barnstorming melodrama.

Full Review… | October 1, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

For about an hour Secret delivers a highly satisfying love triangle that made me like it. Then it turns into something else that made me love it.

Full Review… | June 7, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Bu neng shuo de. mi mi (Secret)

Drawn to this movie ages back due to its hauntingly hypnotic fugue-like soundtrack, I'd resisted the Secret's call since this teenybopper romance wasn't likely to be in wifey's genre. She surprised me tonight by actually being curious about it, and what a downer it was. Perhaps a little overhyped by Jay's hordes of fans, the movie did not feel as clever, witty or well-made as hoped. I found bits that were derivative of the truly moving piano show, 1900, and ageless romance Somewhere in Time, thrown in with a little 3-Iron and 6th Sense, creating a mumbled, jumbled mess that came crashing down along with the Phantom's finale.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

This was one of the most bizarre experiences I've had watching a movie. Secret has plenty that's wrong with it. It is badly done, badly written, uneven, and has no idea what kind of film its wants to be. It is a confused, illogical mess. And yet, the strange thing is, in a strange way I liked it. Its hard to explain, but to summarize I would say Secret is a bad movie, but I liked it. There are moments of real charm and poignancy. The two leads find truth and connection in their romantic scenes, especially Lun Mei Guey. She is the heart of the film, and she has wonderful chemistry with Jay Chou. In addition to the two leads, Secret also has a love of music that it instills in it's characters. One of the sillier scenes in the film involves a "Piano Battle" between two characters. Its completely lubricous, but at the same time undeniably fun and earnestly made. That's what makes this film work; it's intentions are honest and everything is earnestly told. So even when the film completely jumped the shark, and it does numerous times, I found myself willing to forgive it. When the film ended I felt oddly satisfied, despite it's numerous flaws. In way I've never seen before, Secret achieves a measure of charm in it's earnest awfulness.

mason burruss
mason burruss

This was one of the most bizarre experiences I've had watching a movie. Secret has plenty that's wrong with it. It is badly done, badly written, uneven, and has no idea what kind of film its wants to be. It is a confused, illogical mess. And yet, the strange thing is, in a strange way I liked it. Its hard to explain, but to summarize I would say Secret is a bad movie, but I liked it. There are moments of real charm and poignancy. The two leads find truth and connection in their romantic scenes, especially Lun Mei Guey. She is the heart of the film, and she has wonderful chemistry with Jay Chou. In addition to the two leads, Secret also has a love of music that it instills in it's characters. One of the sillier scenes in the film involves a "Piano Battle" between two characters. Its completely lubricous, but at the same time undeniably fun and earnestly made. That's what makes this film work; it's intentions are honest and everything is earnestly told. So even when the film completely jumped the shark, and it does numerous times, I found myself willing to forgive it. When the film ended I felt oddly satisfied, despite it's numerous flaws. In way I've never seen before, Secret achieves a measure of charm in it's earnest awfulness.

Mason Burruss
Mason Burruss

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