HIFF review: ‘100 Days’

Oct. 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

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REVIEW BY STEVEN MARK / smark@staradvertiser.com

In this romantic comedy from Taiwan, Bo Dan, a go-getting young executive caught up in the rat-race of the telecom industry in Taipei, returns to his idyllic island homeland to pay his respects to his deceased mother.

‘100 DAYS’

Spotlight on Taiwan

World Premiere

Screens at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, and 10:45 a.m. Oct. 19 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18; also 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at Consolidated Koko Marina 8

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His success has made him a celebrity back home, and he’s expected to bring modern communications to the island. Upon his return, he reconnects with a childhood sweetheart, the artist Xiao Wei, who is spunky and independent but also feels obligated to her responsibilities at home.

With a local custom obligating one of his mother’s sons to marry in 100 days to send her into the afterlife, the plot is set.

There’s no great surprises in the film, but it has a nice feel for Taiwan, a country that has experienced rapid economic and social development over the past generation. The theme of connecting and communication is played out with humor and depth.

It’s a good film for Hawaii audiences as well; there’s a couple of surfer dudes who provide comic relief, and one of the characters plays an ukulele solo. Overall, it’s a sentimental, schmaltzy film, but there’s a lot of charm as well.
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