A Side, B Side, Seaside (2005)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - May 31, 2005 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |  
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A group of giddy Hong Kong high school graduates set out to celebrate their newfound freedom by renting a pornographic movie as a mature teenage girl develops a chaste relationship with the kindly proprietors of a local video store in director Ah Chiu's lackadaisical summertime drama. Upon completing their secondary education, four high school girls hit the streets to panhandle the cash needed to finance their x-rated video rental and upcoming trip to the distant island of Cheung Chau. Pressured by her peers to make the pornographic purchase, group leader Honey (Kong Ling) wanders into the video store and quickly picks two discs - hastily adding a third to the pile when she is informed about a special store discount. Upon realizing that the disc they chose to watch was not pornography but Takeshi Kitano's poetic 1991 drama A Scene at the Sea, the disinterested departs to seek out excitement elsewhere as Honey attempts to finish the feature on her own. Unfortunately for the mesmerized movie lover, the package only contains the first of two discs and she is unable to find out how the story ends. Later, when Honey meets up with bumbling windsurfer Bitters (Larry Chan), the pair realizes that he was actually the clerk in the video store where Honey purchased the discs and he promises to get his new friend the second half of the film. Meanwhile, mature-minded Hong Kong adolescent Baby (Dolphin Chan) strikes up a friendship with locals To (Chang Ming To) and Fu (Wong Bong Yin), who run a local video store and help out the island's fishing boats on their down time. Later, after Honey finishes her finance studies in Beijing, she heads back to the video store where she made her previous purchase in hopes that Bitters will fulfill his promise to get her the second half of A Scene at the Sea.



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