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Compiled by Ian Bartholomew  /  Staff reporter

Tiny Times Movie (小時代)

Four young women who have been through university together, all best friends, enter the world with their hopes, their dreams, their ambitions and their fears. Set against the background of Shanghai in the early 1990s, a city on the cusp of its own coming of age as a fashion and financial capital. The four women, each very different in character, are played by Yang Mi (楊冪), Amber Kuo (郭采潔), Hsieh Haden Kuo (郭碧婷) and Hsieh Yi-lin (謝依霖), a variety calculated to play to a wide fan audience. They inevitably embark on romantic experiences, and the male stars are equally calculated to appeal to the celebrity aware: Kai Ko (柯震東), Rhydian Vaughan (鳳小岳), Li Yue-ming (李悅銘) and Cheney Chen (陳學冬). Everyone is beautiful, the clothes are stylish and the buildings modern. High romance inevitably segues into tragedy, or at least disappointment that these bright young things can’t have absolutely everything they desire. Based on a novel by the best-selling Chinese novelist and teen pop idol Guo Jingming (郭敬明), who makes his debut as a screenwriter and director in this film.

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