In the 2006 Taiwanese movie Eternal Summer, Joseph Chang, Ray Chang, and Kate Yeung feature in the movie. Leste Chen served as the director. Ray Chang won the Best New Performer prize at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards in 2006 after the movie got four nominations. In filmmaker Leste Chen’s tender story of love and longing, three high schoolers go through the pains and joys of love.
Who Played Whom in Eternal Summer?
- Joseph Changas Shane
- Kate Yeungas Carrie
What’s the Plot of the Movie?
In producer Leste Chen’s poignant story of friendship and desire, three high school students go through the pains and joys of love.
Jonathan (Ray Chang), a diligent student who grew up in a southern Taiwanese beach town, was asked by his worried teacher to watch over Shane, a disobedient classmate (Joseph Chang). A decade later, what once was a friendly obligation has grown into a genuine friendship, with Shane already finding his niche on the basketball floor and Jonathan staying on the academic path.
After having an argument with her father, Carrie (Kate Yeung), a schoolgirl from Taiwan, leaves Hong Kong to come live with her mother. She also enrolls in their school. She makes friends with Jonathan, persuades him to go with her on a covert day trip to Taipei, and later seduces him at a seedy hotel. However, Jonathan backtracks, plainly upset. She ultimately comes to the conclusion that he really is gay and in love with his closest friend, based on her observations of their friendship with Shane.
After a day at school during which Shane shows interest in Carrie, Carrie later meets Shane through Jonathan. She has her reservations about the snobby Shane at first, but gradually succumbs to the troublemaker’s roguish charms. She agrees to be his girlfriend provided that he is successful in getting into college.
Later, Shane gets his act together and enrolls in college, but Jonathan does not because he is preoccupied with his growing sexual identity dilemma. In an effort to respect the feelings of his old friend, Shane makes every effort to keep his love for Carrie a secret. Despite their best efforts, the truth finally comes out, leading all three of them to see their connections in a completely different perspective.
After a party, Shane is driving his motorcycle when he gets struck by a car. To take him back to his house, Jonathan enters. They have intimacy there after Shane unexpectedly initiates it. The following morning, when Shane is still asleep, Jonathan makes a call to Carrie, asking her to always watch over Shane before departing.
Shane then drives Jonathan and Carrie towards the beach shortly after. Shane is told by Jonathan that they should end their relationship. Furious, Jonathan pushes Shane to the floor and inquires as to his sincerity. From her automobile, Carrie observes the two lads alone. Shane reiterates that close friends are free to share anything. Jonathan speculates that Shane might no longer want to be buddies, but Shane finally admits to having emotions for him romantically.
How Did the Movie End?
Whether Shane also loves Jonathan or if he was only eager to do whatever to keep him around is up for debate. Frankly, I believe that he loves him. After all, one doesn’t act that way toward someone they don’t feel strongly about. Additionally, it appears that he did declare his love for Jonathan in the novel. In any case, the film was gorgeous, fantastic, and everything.
is the Movie Worth Watching?
The Right Moment was stunning in the way it depicted the struggles a lower-class family faces while coping with hunger, gangsters, and crime. The way that Eternal Summer depicts the inner conflicts of those on the brink of adulthood is lovely. With the finale, the film begins. It’s a rather straightforward story.
I loved how the movie progressed at a very moderate pace, which allowed for the characters’ emotional growth. Even if it occasionally tends toward melodrama, it’s not actually that indulgent. The narrative is depressing, but not in a crying or scream kind of way; rather, it is depressing in the sense that it strikes you in the heart and causes you to worry about the characters all night.
I would initially compare it to Fleeing by Night because of the two males and one female storyline, but Eternal Summer is more overt in its expression of romantic feelings.
This movie does not portray love as a romantic, happy thing, but rather it shows how complex and disruptive it can be to live with someone you can’t publicly express your love for. It’s a good story. The soundtrack bolsters the movie and stirs the soul.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Storyline of Eternal Summer?
Childhood best friends Shou-heng and Cheng-shing are torn apart when a new girl moves to town and develops feelings for Shou-heng.
Where Was Eternal Summer Filmed?
What does the Phrase “Eternal Summer” Mean?
The expression “eternal summer” alludes to the poet’s friend’s beauty. “Eternal summer” refers to beauty that endures. The poet’s companion is more endearing and serene than a summer day, unaffected by the deterioration of the “fair” things, and his beauty is untouchable by death.