Yee Chih-yen, the Taiwanese director that brought us the successfully acclaimed film Blue Gate Crossing, does it again after a fourteen year cinema hiatus with his new feature Meeting Dr. Sun.
This time we have an exciting mixture of a high school drama and a teenage heist-comedy, filled with humor and social political issues that are cleverly brought to the surface through the relationship of the two main characters: Lefty (Zhan Huai-ting) and Sky (Matthew Wei).
In order to pay the school fees, Lefty decides to steal the bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of Republican China whose ambitions were to bring political equality and social emancipation to his people. What Lefty does not know is that Sky already made the same plan so he could pay his school vacation. With no other option than to join forces, the boys embark in a funny and coming-of-age story of friendship and surpassing social difficulties.
Now, the characters' plan is set as their only option of ridding poverty and changing their whole lives. The symbolism of kidnapping the bronze statue translates the lack of support and resources that haunt their current generation.
Beautifully shot, modern and noir-ish at the same time, while using the lights of amazing Taiwan and with a killer score done my Chris Hou, Meeting Dr Sun is a fun trip with a strong message that will make you cheer for teenagers robbing grand monuments. Yay!