Formula 17 (2005)

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A young man learns some lessons about life and love the hard way in this frothy gay-themed romantic comedy-drama from Taiwan. Tien (Tony Tang) is a gay teenager who decides to leave the small town where he grew up and strike out for the bright lights of Taipei. As it happens, several of Tien's old friends have already made the trip, including Yu (King Chin), who tends bar at a gay club; gym rat Alan (Jimmy Yang); and aggressively style-conscious CC (Dada Ji). Tien's old friends are eager to show him the town when he arrives in Taipei, but when he sets his gaze on handsome Bai (Duncan), they all warn him away, telling him Bai is a notorious player who is sure to leave him with a broken heart. However, the fates keep bringing Tien and Bai together, and in time they end up spending the night. True to form, Bai abandons Tien the next day, and soon Tien's pals begin hatching a scheme to get Bai back in Tien's arms for the sake of his happiness.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy
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Cast

Tony Yang
as Tien
Duncan Chow
as Bai Tieh-nan
Duncan
as Bai
Dada Ji
as C.C.
Jimmy Yang
as Alan
Ladder Yu
as Kevin
Tze-Long Yang
as Taipei Plumber
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Critic Reviews for Formula 17

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Neophyte director DJ Chen's formulaic film leaves little doubt.

August 26, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

The only real surprise about this cheerful gay romance is that such a silly movie was such a smash hit in its native Taiwan.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A fresh, sweet-natured affair with an attractive young cast.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Variety
Top Critic

A silly-sweet, gay romantic comedy aimed primarily at teenage and college-age audiences.

August 25, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Mark my words: There is no way an innocent like Tien and a Meat Loaf-style heartthrob like Bai could ever make a love thing happen.

Full Review… | August 23, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

Presents such a barrage of grotesquely mugging, swishy stereotypes, coupled with a total lack of wit or style, that mere minutes into it, you are groaning and peering at your watch.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Formula 17

A revenge romantic comedy about life and love for a gay teen in Taiwan. Can't believe this crap was a box office hit.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

½

While as a whole the movie is a bit dull, it certainly had several moments that caught my attention, including several hilariously directed montages. I found it strange that in the entire movie I didn't notice a single female character, except for a couple of extras in the background.

Daniel Campbell
Daniel Campbell

A 2004 Taiwanese film which was directed by Chen Yin-jung (’‰f—u). It stars Tony Yang (—k—C”J), Duncan (ŽüŒQ’B), King Chin (‹à‹Î), Dada Ji (‹G�G‘S), Jimmy Yang (—k�r–¾), and Jason Chang (’£‘åûã). Poor atempt to make some kind of a gay romantic comedy about Chou T'ien-Tsai, a romantic Taiwanese male who takes a trip to visit an online boyfriend in person for the first time. This film was banned in Singapore because it "portrayed homosexuality as normal, and a natural progression of society" and it bothered me that no female was in any of the roles, like that's normal! I'll have to say that this sad work is deffinitely not art work - it's just a movie to make gay community feel better for the things they are doing. Some kind of Gay propaganda that being with a man is fun for young guys... I'll stick to the old values, and in this case agree with the Singaporean government!

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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