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“Girls” tells the story of the friendship between three girls who have distinct characters. Ivy Chen (陳意涵) plays a sweet, gentle girl who plans everything and follows schedules to keep things under control. Fiona Sit (薛凱琪) portrays the sassy girl who is dramatic, open to sexual relationships and who knows how to use her charms to seduce men. She is also straightforward, helpful but impulsive when a friend needs a hand. Zishan Yang (楊子姍), fulfills a relatively quiet role among the three. She has an artistic soul and a character that is strong yet lacking in confidence, which drives her slightly away from the other two. She is also protective of herself, knowing that she is unexperienced when it comes to love. The three are close and have experienced ups and downs together. However, their friendship is in jeopardy when Yang dates the man Sit desires, provoking jealousy and misunderstanding that collapses the firm bonds they have created over the years. Meanwhile, Chen's love life is challenged by her unfaithful fiancée as she deals with the falling out between her best friends.

Directed by the emerging female director, Barbara Wong Chunchun (黃真真), the film is said to be the first contemporary Chinese movie that emphasizes the friendship of girls. However, in the western movie industry, films like “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005) and “The Woman” (2008) have already discussed this subject. The way that Wong explores the subject is quite ordinary, nothing too special or beyond expectations. Perhaps a high school play would've done the same job if the students had the same budget. The film failed to bring out the tension of some of the dramatic storylines, instead transforming them into a ridiculous joke.

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Fiona Sit, left, and Zishan Yang, right, comfort Ivy Chen as she undergoes a painful period after being betrayed by her fiancee.

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