Girlfriend, Boyfriend

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Girlfriend, Boyfriend
2012 Film Poster
Directed by Gillies Ya-che Yang
Produced by Weijan Liu
Written by Gillies Ya-che Yang
Starring Bryan Shu-Hao Chang,
Hsiao-chuan Chang,
Gwei Lun-mei,
Rhydian Vaughan
Cinematography Jake Pollock
Release date
  • August 3, 2012 (2012-08-03)
Running time
105 min
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin, Taiwanese

Girlfriend, Boyfriend (also stylized as Gf*Bf) is a 2012 Taiwanese film directed by Gillies Ya-che Yang. The film released on August 8, 2012.

Of the film, director Yang stated that while he did not intentionally set out to make a "gay movie, but a political one, one which happened to include a gay character".[1] He further stated that homosexuality and politics "both in fact represent the theme of freedom".[1]


In the 1980s, high school students Aaron, Mabel and Liam are best friends and also caught in a love triangle. As the three friends go through the turbulent times, when social revolution takes hold over martial law, their relationships go through many ups and downs.



Critical reception for Girlfriend, Boyfriend has been mixed to positive,[2] with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a rating of 64% as of February 2013 based on 11 reviews.[3] The New York Times cited the performance of Gwei Lun-mei as a highlight, saying that she was "by turns brazen and uncertain, fragile and steely".[4] In comparison, the Los Angeles Times panned the film, stating that it "[failed] to connect" and that it "can't balance its story lines of romance and societal change".[5]


  1. ^ a b "Taiwanese Director Ya-Che Yang Discusses His New Film Girlfriend Boyfriend". Houston Press. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW: Girlfriend Boyfriend". NY Post. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Reviews: Girlfriend, Boyfriend". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Three Friends’ Approaches to Martial Law". New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Review: 'Girlfriend Boyfriend' fails to connect". LA Times. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 

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