Screenplays, Yao-ting Wen, Jing-jie Lin, Ying-yu Chan. Camera (color), Ming-guo Lin, Wen-chung Sung; editors, Hsiao-dong Chen, Chen-ching Lei; music, Jie-ren Cheng, Shen Hu, Huan-fu Yu; production designer, Di-hua Chen. Reviewed at AMC Kabuki 8, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In S.F. Asian American Film Festival.) Original title: E nu lie chuan. Running time: 114 MIN.
With: Rui-Jun Fan, Chi-Yao Chang, Tsan-De Tsai, Jing-Wen Jia, Han-Liang Chung , Pei-Wen Huang, Hsin-Ru Lin, Shi Chang, Ming-Ren Chu.
If you put the emphasis on “girl-trilogy” rather than “bad-girl,” Taiwanese multiparter “Bad Girl Trilogy” reviews itself. That’s the only pithy aspect to this weak feature, in which three femme-driven tales run a narrow gamut from the tepid to the interminable. Offshore prospects are faint.
Taipei-set stories each feature lissome leads involved in pretty mild “bad” behavior. In first, dullest seg, “Queen of the Bench,” a gratingly pushy would-be actress and clothing klepto (Rui-Jun Fan) badgers her way toward consideration for a film role. Next, “My Personal Gun” finds a sullen, punky teen (Chi-Yao Chang) druggily nodding out on the street; taken to headquarters by an unsympathetic cop (Tsan-De Tsai), she retaliates by stealing his gun and leading him on a wild goose chase through the city’s public loos. Last, “A Dog From Hong Kong” strays, then gets a dye-job “makeover” from two hairdressers (Han-Liang Chung, Pei-Wen Huang) who tease its despondent young male owner (Jing-Wen Jia) before returning the pup. Fairly young helmers with TV commercial/musicvid experience work little magic on meandering, inconsequential scripts; only Jing-Jie Lin’s middle effort boasts any stylistic fillips. Perfs are OK, tech aspects routine.