Dir.: Lin Yu-hsien | Taiwan 2011 | 126 min
An eminently directed and appealing Taiwanese film about a young elite gymnast, whose mother can't afford to do without his help in the shop, forcing him to give up the one thing in life he loves most. He becomes easy prey for temptations of the underworld, and after committing a murder, he and his borderline psychotic childhood friend have to seek refute in Taipei. 'Jump Ashin!' has the kind of energy that made Hong Kong films popular in the 1990s, and the same sense of big, spectacular setups. But unlike the action dramas from Hong Kong, this film is so sincere and honest that one ends up hoping strongly that Ashin will make it. Great classic drama unfolds behind the film's colourful plot, and it dares to be tender and moving as it tells of Ashin's love for a girl who looks after his phone calls at a switchboard, and whom he doesn't meet for years.