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Furthermore, Hu Jia made an incredibly progressive decision in choosing to depict a three-way romantic relationship in a part of the world that would typically frown on such behavior. What made the film, and his decision, possible is his ability to create very tasteful scenes depicting sex and love. Every moment is full of passion, sensuality, and innocence. The slow, charismatic music, and the way the camera precisely tracks each character’s movements strengthened the themes of passion and innocence and help draw on viewers’ emotions.

“…an incredibly progressive decision in choosing to depict a three-way romantic relationship in a part of the world that would typically frown on such behavior.”

The three young actors chosen for this film could not have been better cast. They are unsullied and exude innocence and vulnerability in each and every scene. Their ability to connect with one another, and to the audience, felt almost tangible. Their scenes together feel real and relatable and connect viewers to their story and their passion. 

Hu Jia’s The Taste of Betel Nut creates a stunning story of love and innocence, and, yet, there is an edge to the story. The taboo sexual relationship between Bai, Li, and Ren intensifies the story and creates depth and character. The beautifully simple scenes, coupled with impeccable acting by the young talent, create an appealing spectacle for viewers. Hu Jia perfectly introduces forbidden themes, and, yet, creates an understandable and relatable product.

The Taste of Betel Nut (2017)

Directed and Written: Hu Jia

Starring: Shen Shiyu, Zhao Bingrui, Yue Yue, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…very tasteful scenes depicting sex and love."

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  1. Ivana says:

    This was a very stunning and shocking movie I found Bai Ling to be a bit nerdy but her actress was good and very convincing!! Great job Yue Yue!!! I love Ren and Li as well!! Li was so sweet and looked at things so kindly even when he could have become jealous and petty and REN could have totally just not cared at all but seeing his feelings for Bai and the sacrifices he makes to not hurt her anymore. It was beautiful and so sad.

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