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Sex Appeal to Hit Mainland Cinemas This Friday
   2014-10-22 12:46:52    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu

Director Wang Wei Ming (left) and production supervisor Xu Xiao Ming (right) lead the main cast of Sex Appeal to promote their campus rape accusation drama ahead of the movie's premiere at a cinema in eastern Beijing on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

Taiwan movie Sex Appeal, (不能说的夏天)a campus rape accusation drama, will hit Chinese mainland cinemas this Friday.

Taiwan actor Leon Dai has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor of the 2014 Golden Horse Awards for his role in the movie. Xu Fei has more.


Sex Appeal, or Bu Neng Shuo De Xia Tian in Chinese, is centered around a music professor surnamed Li, who told his student, Bai Huihua, that her lack of passion for music is her biggest hurdle. The confrontation in his office results in the professor raping the student.

Following the rape, professor Li promised Bai that he would make her time at the university more comfortable under his special care.

Fully aware of professor Li's act, his wife decides to tolerate and ensure that the family stays together.

48-year old Leon Dai plays the professor.

"Our oriental culture is very conservative. Sometimes, even though we suffer from embarrassments, we opt to be silent. The embarrassment such as extramarital affairs and triangle love is something that the involved persons would feel shamed to mention. Actually the behavior that he or she could speak about those issues they used to keep away would heal the pain of the past. Meanwhile, it would develop as a lifetime pity if one would keep locking in the embarrassment he or she has suffered."

Before becoming a Golden Horse nominee for Best Supporting Actor, Leon Dai is more widely known as a film director and screenwriter.

His film Cannot Live Without You won Best Director, Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Outstanding Taiwan Film of the Year in the 2009 Golden Horse Awards in Taipei.

Leon Dai says he feels nurtured by such a crossover of roles.

"Sometimes I would act in the movie in addition to be a film director and story writer. I see acting as an opportunity to learn, through which I could cooperate with many different film industry insiders and communicate with them. So I could understand their thinking towards film and film production and all these are the source of my inspiration, and very helpful for my role as both a director and screen writer."

The winner of the nominations to the Golden Horse Awards will be announced on November 22nd.

Alyssa Chia plays professor Li's wife. Sex Appeal, starring Vivian Hsu and Amber Kuo is director Wang Wei Ming's feature debut.

The director hopes his film may arouse public attention over the sensitive issue on sexual harassment of students by teachers and give the disadvantaged more care and concern.

For Studio Plus, I'm XU Fei.

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