On March 16, Reel Asian is returning to the 905 region to show Taiwanese film Starry Starry Night directed by Tom Shu-Yu Lin. This is a film unlike any other we’ve shown in Richmond Hill – one that will please film lovers, book lovers and music lovers.
Starry Starry Night is a fantastical film about Mei, a young girl who befriends Jay, another outcast at her school while struggling to deal with her broken family. Together they use vivid imagination and animated fantasy to escape the harsh realities of their family life. In their quest for happiness, Mei and Jay journey through the lush and majestic forests of Taiwan where they learn that growing up is about love as much as it is about loss. The production crew spent countless months searching for the right site to shoot this journey and finally settled on the picturesque Ali Shan of Taiwan. Apparently they also spent millions of Taiwan dollars building a wooden house for the film which would eventually be used by the government to promote tourism. This is the kind of movie that will bring back feelings of childhood nostalgia if you are an adult and feelings of wonder and bewilderment if you are a child. Twitch says it best in their film review here.
In addition to the set, one of the most recognizable features of this film is of course the cast, including Josie Xu Jiao who starred in Stephen Chow’s CJ7, Taiwan singer René Liu, TV personality Harlem Yu, Hong Kong star Kenneth Tsang and Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun-Mei. Check out the Starry Starry Night behind the scenes video here.
This film is based on the illustrated novel The Starry Starry Night by one of Taiwan’s most celebrated authors Jimmy Liao. Much like most of the cast of the film, Tom was drawn to the story when he first read the book. Jimmy’s stories have been adapted into plays, exhibitions, and movies.
If you are familiar with the Taiwanese rock scene, then you may also recognize the sounds of alternative rock band Mayday who plays the catchy theme song for this film…..see, this film indeed has a little bit of something for every one.
Starry Starry Night is screening at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on March 16, 7:00PM. Director Tom Shu-Yu Lin will be in attendance for a Q&A and autograph session. Advance tickets are on sale here or in-person at the theatre on March 16 beginning 6:00PM. Watch film trailer here.