Callow 'Cha Cha'
By Lin Yutingㄝ, The China Post
June 15, 2012, 5:59 pm TWN
Among themselves, Poni and Mini evaluate people by whether they ask "stupid questions," i.e. questions endlessly posed to twins
such as who is smarter and whether they can read each others' minds. Paradoxically, as the narrative revolves around misunderstandings between the twin's respective suitors, it becomes too reliant on the premise of them being
twins, and under develops Poni and Mini's inner selves and trajectories of thought.
Puzzling stereotypes also creep into the script, where Hoklo Taiwanese is associated with mafia culture and Mandarin is associated
with the innocence of puppy love. The joke where Yogurt feels embarrassed for having ordered a strawberry milkshake for himself in
front of Mini (black coffee is apprently more of a man's drink) is also a little confusing.
"Cha Cha for Twins" is refreshing in its thesis and sensitivity to bittersweet puppy love, yet frustrating for the emotional immaturity of
its characters. Like last year's hugely popular "You Are the Apple of My Eye" (那些年，我們一起追的女孩), the puppy romance between Mini
and Yogurt, supposedly a couple, is marked by minimal communication and an explosive confrontation about three-quarters into the film's runtime.
Perhaps as a consequence of it being an autobiographical work for director Yang Yi-chien (楊貽茜), "Cha Cha for Twins" feels pedestrian at times as it insufficiently explicates a subjective experience as drama for filmgoers.
The film's production team, however, is definitely one to watch. Yi-chien, like her twin sister who scored the film, is a violinist with a
performance diploma from the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Munchen in Germany. Yichien
also won the 6th Crown Popular Fiction Award (皇冠大眾小說獎) for her novel "Just Intonation" (純律).