Wang Pinhan, PhD student, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University
“Just tell him you're a twin!”
“Yeah! But if it’s you he likes, what then?”
– Cha Cha for Twins
Adapted from a novel by Yang Yiqian,Cha Cha for Twins (2012) tells the storyof twin sisters Poni and Mini. The girls are inseparable yet each longs to be independent. The film won the Taipei Film Festival’s “Best Feature-length Drama” award and was a nominee at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Yang Yiqian directed the picture and her twin sister Yang Wanqian provided musical direction. Much of the film was based on actual events in the sisters’ lives.
Zhang Poni and Zhang Mini’s are identical twins in their last year of high school, girls who look so much alike that even relatives have a hard time telling them apart. Both play on the school basketball team, and work closely together on the court. But upcoming university entrance exams and new romantic interests create unprecedented conflicts in the girls’ lives.Youguo, star of the school debate team, has a crush on Mini. With Poni’s help, he gets to know Mini and the two startdating.Although Mini and Youguo really like each other, they don’t know how to get along together – as it is, the boy finds it easier to be with Poni. After an incidental meeting, Poni falls in love of Xu Yongping, an honest and sincere young man from a family with ties to the criminal underworld.But Xu Yongping doesn’t know that Poni has a twin sister – the boy inadvertently falls in love with Mini, and a comedy of errors ensues. Can Poni and Mini overcome their differences, gain independence, and still maintain their close sisterly relationship? And how will the four-way romantic entanglement play out?
At first glance, Cha Cha for Twins comes off as just another “schooldays” comedy, but actually it’s a classic coming-of-age film. In Poni’s eyes, Mini is “a more focused, better version of me”; to Mini, Poni “is better at communicating with others, a nicer version of me.”The twins are uneasy because they can’t bring themselves to express their feelings to each other. But when the secrets are out, the girlsmust face what’s in their hearts. In the end, Mini tries express her love for her sister, and Poni is pleasantly surprised to find that at times even she can’t distinguish herself from Mini.
Isn’t the twins’ story really a metaphor for our inner and outer selves? As Poni says to Mini at the end of the film, “I often feel you don’t understand me. But it seems I really don’t understand myself either.”Life is in fact a long and unceasing process of growth.
Film Cha Cha for Twins Trailer (Source: Pomi International)
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