Chinese title: 那些年，我們一起追的女孩
Genre: Romance, comedy
Language: Chinese Mandarin
Running Time: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
Director & writer: Giddens Ko
Cast: Ko Chen Tung, Michelle Chen Yen Hsi, Chia-Wei Hu, Ao-Chuan, Chang-Hsien Tsai, Shao-Wen Hao, Sheng-Yu Yen
Synopsis: Adolescence is like a heavy rain. Even though you catch a cold from it, you still look forward to experiencing it once again. This films, originally a novel first, is based on the the director, Gidden Ko’s student life when he and his close friends all fell for the same girl.
Verdict: Shamelessly truthful are the best words to describe You Are the Apple of My Eye. Despite the typical Taiwanese idol drama standard of acting performance, and the simple and linear storyline, the film is one of a kind. Unlike most Asian high school dramas (with the girl characters going after the boys), its depiction on the behaviours and culture of the Chinese teenagers in that era is almost flawless and it would likely cause nostalgia to the Chinese viewers (yes, high relatable even to Malaysians like myself) and the need of wanting to go back and it all over again from secondary/ high school. Besides that, the movie is also quite hilarious and sentimental. The major downside of the movie is failing to emphasize much on the friendship between the main male characters. This is a fantastic directorial debut for the famous Taiwanese author Giddens Ko and would probably his best, unfortunately, ’cause it is unlikely for him to do better with a fictional story, or a story of others.
Favourite quote: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE, in Mandarin] “The most magical period in a love relationship is before a couple gets together officially.” [SPOILER ENDS HERE]
Post-credit scene: Not exactly a scene but it is worth waiting for. Not gonna spoil it for ya.
Overly truthful? The movie is based on the true story of the director Giddens Ko and although the high level of honesty is very much appreciated, the use of the real names had caused quite some trouble to the real Shen Chia-Yi. Many are curious about how the girl looks like and apparently due to the unwanted attention, she and her family have moved to Mainland China.
Malaysian censorship: All scenes with naked butts are cut, including the only genuine kiss on the film. Vulgarity, however, is not.
Rating: 4 / 5
Second opinion: Benjamin Foo’s review.