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Movie review: Take me to the moon

This time-traveling movie of youth and pursuing one’s dreams is a fitting tribute to the late singer Chang Yu-sheng, but for those unfamiliar with the cultural references or 1990s Taiwan, it will be hard to relate to

By Han Cheung  /  Staff Reporter

Reprised versions of Chang’s songs constitute the bulk of the soundtrack, many of them covered by Sung, and fans are treated to a painstakingly recreated version of his final concert. It’s surprising to find out that instead of using old footage of Chang, the filmmakers actually cast local folk rocker Birdman (日京江羽人) as Chang and used 3D technology to make the scene. Birdman, who does bear a resemblance to Chang, reportedly spent more than 100 hours watching footage in order to learn his mannerisms, and one can barely tell that it’s not the real person.

Chang’s career was full of ups and downs as he tried to move away from mainstream pop, later being forced to compromise as his experimental album (by Taiwanese pop standards) flopped. He later found success as a producer before his life was cut short.

It’s not easy pursuing one’s dreams, even after you make it big like Chang, this film seems to say. It is truly a fitting tribute to a lost talent.

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