Plot: Having already proven his acting chops and box office draw with the blockbusters Initial D and Curse of the Golden Flower, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou makes his directorial debut in 2007 with the romantic drama Secret. Jay stars as a high school student who has just transferred to a new school known for its music program. He meets and falls in love with a cute and mysterious classmate (Guey Lun Mei, Blue Gate Crossing), but she has a secret that can tear them apart. A gentle mix of music and puppy love, this sweet and subtle film adds another notch to Jay's long list of accomplishments.
Other than starring, directing, and creating the story for the film, Jay also took care of the music, which plays a key role in Secret. The soundtrack comes with the film's score and four theme songs, including title theme Secret, a soft British-style rock number with moving melody and lyrics.
«Secret is wonderful to look at and listen to, and actress Guey Lun-Mei is terrific, easily outdoing the not-half-bad Jay Chou. The above is enough to compensate for the film's problems, including annoying side characters, a sagging pace, and glaring lapses of logic. Better than expected, which is a good thing.»
«Those who think that Jay Chou can't act will want to rethink that again. Given Initial D was pop, and that Curse was action, Secret was a perfect dramatic platform for him to do a little more emoting, even though he can't seem to shake off his signature drawl.»
«Even though it felt like he borrowed crucial elements from other films to create this secret, Jay Chou had successfully mould this tried and tested twist into his distinct blend of ambience and likeable style.»
«we can be gracious and say that Chou does a workmanlike job behind the camera. He sure knows how to present a polished, slick production. Just don't expect anything underneath the surface.»
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