Blame It on My Youth (HD / color / 110min / Taiwan)
WANG Wei-ming, HO Shing-ming
YU Wei-yen, Jay MIAO
Born in Taipei, Wang Wei-ming graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts in 1992. He began working as an assistant director to Edward Yang for the films A Brighter Summer Day (1991), A Confucian Confusion (1994), and Mahjong (1996); Edward Yang becoming his mentor. He started directing himself with short film A Private Matter (1995), which was selected for the Vancouver International Film Festival in 1995.
His debut feature, (Sex) Appeal (2014), premiered in the New Currents at Busan International Film Festival 2014. Besides three nominations at the Golden Horse Awards 2014, it also received an award at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2015, and was included in the Top Ten Chinese-language Films 2014 as voted for by the Chinese and Taiwanese Film Critics Associations.
(Sex) Appeal (2014) also screened at many other festivals, including the New Taipei City International Film Festival (Opening Film), Hanoi International Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, Singapore Chinese Film Festival, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and the Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival. Blame It on My Youth will be Wang’s second feature.
YU Wei-yen, Jay MIAO
Yu Wei-yen was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1952. He is a rare blend of both director and producer, who has accumulated many noteworthy awards for both his directorial and production work. As a producer, his works include Jade Love (Chang Yi, 1984) - nominated for the Golden Horse Awards, Yuan Nu (Fred Tan, 1988) - Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, and several of the works of Edward Yang: A Brighter Summer Day (1991) - Special Jury Prize, Tokyo International Film Festival, A Confucian Confusion (1994) - in competition at Cannes Film Festival, Mahjong (1996) - Jury Special Mention, Berlin International Film Festival, and Yi Yi (2000) - Best Director Award, Cannes Film Festival.
Radius Films is an international production platform with separate divisions focused on feature films, digital content, and commercials production, throughout Asia, Europe, and the USA. With a lineage of the most formidable producers in the Greater China Region, our core team of producers’ notable works include Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000) - Best Director Award, Cannes Film Festival, and City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1989) - Golden Lion Award, Venice International Film Festival.
In 1972, 17-year-old Chi-wang becomes involved in the National Taiwan University Philosophy Department Incident. In 1990, 17-year-old Kung is dragged involuntarily into the Wild Lily Student Movement. In 2014, 17-year-old Shao-wei joins the Sunflower Movement.
All three movements have a crucial influence on the thinking of young people over each period. Their confusion, anxiety, curiosity, and determination to pursue their own ideas become part of each generation’s collective memory. But, there are also choices each person has to make, when faced with love, friendship and family.
In 1972, Chi-wang, a high school rugby player who writes for the school magazine, plunges into the world of university students, where love becomes a path to freedom. But, during the White Terror era in Taiwan, he can’t have predicted that one has to pay for love with blood.
In 1990, Taiwanese martial law is lifted. High school boy, Kung, falls for a male teacher. However, his frankness and passion burn out in the game of love. He gets badly hurt while exploring his body and sexuality.
In 2014, young hooligan, Shao-wei, joins all sorts of gangs and groups, in a search for recognition. Shao-wei’s relationship with his father is conflicted, until the day his father breaks his silence and tells Shao-wei a secret he has kept since he, too, was seventeen.