AT CAFÉ 6 (六弄咖啡馆)

Directed by: Neal Wu 2016 | 103 min.

Section: Spotlight on Taiwan

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Taiwan

Languages: Mandarin Chinese, with English subtitles

Genres: Asian Cinema, Coming of Age, Drama, Romance


Synopsis

After her car breaks down on a rainy night, Miss Liang (Sandrine Pinna of TOUCH OF THE LIGHT and YANG YANG) enters a nearby coffee shop called Cafe 6. The owner of the shop, played by the award-winning Leon Dai, finds out that Miss Liang has just gotten into a fight with her boyfriend who is currently overseas. In order to kill time, while she dries off from the torrential rain outside, he shares a story of his time back in 1996. During that year, Guan Min-lu (Zijian Dong) and his good friend Xiao Bo-zhi (Austin Lin) were inseparable. Min-lu is secretly in love with the winsome school girl Li Xin-rui (Cherry Ngan from THE WAY WE DANCE), while Bo-zhi is attracted to Xin-rui's best friend, Cai Xin-yi (newcomer Nini Ou-yang).

The four young teenagers become a unit, especially as they spend their waning days of secondary school. But as their graduation day draws near, they wonder if they will stay committed to each other or will adulthood drive them apart, as their youth wisps away as a distant memory.

After the Taiwanese coming-of-age hit film YOU’RE THE APPLE OF MY EYE (2011), local filmmakers have tried to replicate this format to mixed results. AT CAFE 6 is not just another bildungsroman film. Based on his own internet novel, by first-time director Neal Wu, AT CAFE 6 is a youth romance film that has many layers, exploring maturity and how these characters reach this realization at different points in their disparate lives.
-Anderson Le

Screenings

Wednesday, November 09 8:15 PM Doris Duke Theater Date Passed
Saturday, November 12 4:30 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Neal Wu
Producer Liu Jie
Cast Cherry Ngan, Nini Ou-Yang, Lin Po-Hung, Ireine Song, Dong Zijian
Cinematographer Liu You-Nian
Writer Liao Ming-Yi, Ho Su-fen, Neal Wu, Cheng Yuen-Cheng
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