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I WeirDO
怪胎

Format(s) Available
DIGITAL
Opening Date
17 Sep 2020
Rating
PG
Runtime
101 mins
Language
Mandarin with English & Chinese subtitles
Genre
Fantasy, Romance
Director
Ming-Yi Liao
Cast
Nikki Hsieh, Austin Lin
Synopsis
Po-Ching is an OCD patient, with serious symptoms of mysophobia. He has been conditioned to the endless cleaning habits in his daily life. His “quirkiness” has also isolated him from the general public and people see him as a complete weirdo. Po-Ching goes out for daily needs shopping on the 15th of each month. Someday, he meets another weirdo Chen Ching.
It is fate that made Po-Ching and Chen Ching to meet each other. They finally find another who is in the same boat. Their relationship is spotless and perfect. But everything becomes different when Po-Ching’s OCD disappears suddenly. In the world of love, we are each other’s weirdos. When love is gone, I am not attracted to your quirkiness anymore.
Reviews
By Chen Shun  03 Sep 2020
A quirky and eccentric love story that is touted as the first Asian fiction feature to be shot entirely on an iPhone.
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I WeirDO is a film that revolves around Chen Po-ching (Austin Lin) and Chen Ching (Nikki Hsieh). Love is the least of their concern due to their extreme obsessive-compulsive disorder. Po-ching’s OCD schedule revolves around hand-washing, sanitizing every corner of his house and keeping all objects in precise order, arranged by symmetry and coordinating colours. And on the 15th of every month, he covers himself completely to venture out to do some chores.

Given Po-ching’s eccentric way of life, romance should be the last of his worries. Like a meteor from the sky, Chen Ching appears before Po-ching, and he became intrigued at the girl who dresses like him. Like two peas in a pod, they quickly become soulmates and move in with each other. Things were perfect until Po-ching loses his OCD overnight and the couple faces the most significant setback that will change everything.

The first 45minutes of the movie greatly disturbed me as the film was displayed using 1:1 ratio, but you will soon realize that the director is trying to portray the image of how people with OCD views the world. As Po-ching is ‘cured’ from his OCD, you can see that the ratio becomes 16:9, which signifies that he has broadened his views.

I was not too fond of the ending. I am not sure if it is supposed to have an open ending or if the entire last 1.5 hours of the film was a bad dream of the female lead. If you watch I WeriDO and understand the conclusion, please let me know!
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