Two naughty little boys always play tricks on classmates, tease girls at school, fight with other boys, and lie to everyone until their teacher breaks down. They are nicknamed “Liar No. 1” and “Liar No. 2.” They dream of leaving for an alien world, OZ. The three subplots of t...(Read more)
Two naughty little boys always play tricks on classmates, tease girls at school, fight with other boys, and lie to everyone until their teacher breaks down. They are nicknamed “Liar No. 1” and “Liar No. 2.” They dream of leaving for an alien world, OZ. The three subplots of this film all involve some kind of an alien world. First of all, the girl whom No. 1 likes in secret is going to transfer to another school after her mom’s death. Death is an alien world, and so is the remote place where the girl will go. Secondly, they kidnap No. 2’s own baby sister and hide her in their school, where statues are said to walk about at night and Martians live in the basement. Finally they split up after a fight. Later, No.1 gets caught stealing, so he and his father, who suffers from psychosis, are taken away by the police and social workers. They leave each other for different worlds, in which they will grow up and become adults.
This film is an initiation movie. Director Yang Ya-Che lets the narrative develop from the innocent viewpoint of the two boys, for whom adults, who never keep their promises, are the real liars. Yang also uses animation to depict their dreams and fantasies, which reflect their inner desire to escape from the adult world. In reality, No.2 is abandoned by his parents and is raised by his grandma in the ghetto. No.1 lives with his psychopathic father in a shabby cabin down by a river. They come from poor families and are underclass and marginalized. To the middleclass audience, the kids’ worlds are in fact alien worlds. Though noisy and naughty, the two kids are sensitive to poverty, class difference, affection and separation. Two episodes in the film are particularly poetic in their sadness. One is the scene of “fans, pilots, and departure” in No.2’s room, which pays homage to Jean Vigo’s Zéro de conduite (1933). The other is an animation clip borrowed from the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Leaving for a distant unknown place is a metaphor for the coming-of-age, but it also means following another person (the Pied Piper) blindly. It’s the paradox of growing-up and being socialized.
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Subtitle：||English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese|
|Producer：||LEE Lieh, MA Tien-Tsung|
|Actors：||LEE Kuan-Yi, PANG Chin-Yu, MEI Fang|
|Music：||Kay HUANG, BabyC|
One Production Film Co.
2008 Taipei Film Awards, Best Director, Best Art Direction Awards, Special Mention for Actress Mei Fang
2008 Golden Horse Awards, Best Supporting Actress Award
2008 Hong Kong International Film Festival
2008 Busan International Film Festival
2008 Vancouver International Film Festival