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Upcoming TW movie Campus Confidential 愛情無全順 with Bolin Chen & Ivy Chen

Word has it filming has almost wrapped up for upcoming Taiwan movie “Campus Confidential” (校園愛情奇潭 愛情無全順) starring Bolin Chen and Ivy Chen. And finally, we have some stills from the movie! I think previous news have said this will be an idol drama, but sadly it’s not! This will be Bolin & Ivy’s third collaboration (after C-drama Modern People and TW-movie BBS Silent Code) – if you don’t count the UNIQLO ads. 😛

There hasn’t been a lot of news about this movie, but based on the responses on the World Screen Facebook page (where the above pic was originally posted) and on PTT,some netizens had spotted them filming in the National Cheng Kung University.

Screendaily.com has also reported some distribution news for the movie with more stills! It is produced by Taiwan’s Su Chao-pin and Jimmy Huang, directed by Lai Chun Yu.


A short synopsis of the film:

The film revolves around the premise that if two people meet at Lake Chrysanthemum, when the lake has dried up, they are destined to fall in love and stay together forever. The myth is put to the test when a beauty queen bumps into the college nerd on such a night.


Looking at the stills, it’s rather hilarious seeing Bolin Chen as the college nerd! LOL.

After some Google-ing, it seems this movie’s previous Chinese name was 校園愛情風水奇案 (loosely/poorly translated to be Campus Fung Shui Strange Case) and  it was one of the projects submitted for the Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum in 2011. There is a very detailed story outline on that website (which of course will differ from the final movie), but it will give you a general idea of what the film is about!


Introduction
A surreal romantic comedy about a young go-getter trying to avoid what looks like a fated relationship with a born loser, Campus Confidential is the second film from award winning director, Lai Chun-Yu, who started his career as a renowned visual effects director in Taiwan, working on big budget films like Silk (2005) and Secret (2007).


Synopsis
Willful and stubborn Kitty Liang is an honors student at a university in Taiwan, majoring in law, with the goal of becoming one of the country’s top prosecutors. She has a bright future spelt out for her, just like her textbooks: clear, orderly and with no grey areas. Even her boyfriend is movie-perfect: tall and handsome with a smile like the sun, and a member of the basketball team no less, nicknamed “The Saint”. This lady gets what this lady wants.


One cool evening, walking back from the cafeteria to her dorm, she notices something extraordinary as she passes by the famous Chrysanthemum Lake. The lake, which was still rippling with calm earlier that morning, has all but disappeared. Every single drop of water has evaporated! Instead, a short, fat, and ugly guy – someone Kitty wouldn’t have noticed in a million years – is standing in the middle of the pile of mud (what remains of the lake), looking at her with a beaming smile. Then he screams out, “Kitty Liang, I love you!”


Terrified, Kitty dashes back to her dorm, but there stranger things await. The next day, when she tells her roommate Miyuki, she realizes that she may have become a part of the school’s urban legend. When the school moved from Nanjing, China, to Taiwan, Lake Chrysanthemum came with a haunted legend of its own: “If a man and a woman meet on the night when the lake dries up, then they are bound to fall in love, regardless of their differences in age or background. Even if they are sworn enemies, they will fall in love with each other and get married!”


Out of curiosity, Kitty discovers that the guy standing in the middle of the lake is an Engineering major called Wu Chuan-Shun (his name means “Not everything goes well”). He’s a typical geek with loathsome habits, the type of guy she’d NEVER choose to be with!


Kitty also learns that in the 100-plus year history of the school, there have only been four instances of the lake drying up. To her horror, the legend turned out to be accurate each time. In the four times that the lake dried up, four couples were made. And all three couples (one has passed away), told Kitty that, “The legend is real – you will end up head-over-heels in love with Wu Chuan-Shun!”


And so begins the battle of wills. While Kitty does everything in her power to fight fate, her relationship with Wu becomes ever more entangled. Unbeknownst to her, even her boyfriend and roommate will play roles in the upcoming drama.

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