Yang Yang

Confusion, competition, jealousy, rivalry, and finding oneself: all the ingredients for a coming-of-age story. In addition to the usual adolescent hurdles one faces, our lead character Yang Yang is faced with a new stepfather who doubles as her track coach, a new stepsister who’s also her track rival, and a biological father she knows nothing about, but who’s DNA is partially responsible for a mixed heritage. Director Cheng Yu-Chieh chose to work again with Sandrine Pinna, a charismatic French-Taiwanese actress who won best actress at the Taipei Film Festival for this role. And one can see how this was a deserved accolade, Pinna did a great job throughout the film showing the changes her character goes through with subtlety.

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