2009   Taiwan Hear Me
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Director:Fen-fen Cheng
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IMDb Rating:7.3 (626 votes)
Awards:1 nomination
Duration:109 min
Languages:Mandarin, Sign
Fen-fen Cheng  ...  (Director)
  ...  (Writer)
Ivy Chen  ...  Yang-yang
Eddie Peng  ...  Tian-kuo
Michelle Chen  ...  
Yi-han Chen  ...  Lin / Yang Yang
Ting-chang Chin  ...  Cinematographer
Lung-Yu Lee  ...  
Comments: This light-hearted rom-com charmed its way into my top ten of the year. It's not a cinematic masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. It's just a rom-com, delightful and enjoyable for the characters, if not the story. I like fluff as much as the next person, if it's done well.

Boy meets girl. Girl is preoccupied caring for her handicapped sister. Boy gets girl. Handicapped sister wins the Olympics. It's feel-good from head to toe, and it's beautiful that all the love is delivered in sign language.

Xiao Peng is a swimmer in training for the Deaflympics. Her sister, Yang Yang, does everything she can for her and restles between being over-protective and neglectful. Tian Kuo sees Yang Yang one day while delivering food to Xiao Peng's swim team facility. He sees Xiao Peng communicating with Yang Yang in sign language and makes an assumption. Take it from there.

Tian Kuo's parents must be a professional comedy team in real life because they have comic timing down pat and an assured sense of what comic relief is.

Hear Me was Taiwan's highest-grossing local movie of 2009. A good time was had by all in this house. I have no further defense.


Summary: Taiwan's highest-grossing local movie of 2009, 'Hear Me' centres on the story of a young and cheerful girl Yang Yang who single-handedly takes care of her sister, a swimmer-in-training for the Deaflympics.

By chance, Yang Yang meets Tian Kuo, who delivers lunch boxes to the swimming pool where Peng trains. With sign language as their sole means of communication, the couple's burgeoning love for each other transcends their obvious language barrier, creating a light-hearted romantic comedy about life and its possibilities.

Hear Me is largely non-verbal, its dialogue taking place mostly via sign language and the use of body language to convey their thoughts.

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