Taiwan novelist-turned-director Giddens tells a boy-meets-girl tale based on his semi-autobiographical novel in this box-office hit in his home page country.You watching: Amazon


Hong Kong — Boy meets girl at high school. They grow up, drift apart and meet again. Such are the elementary and timeless ingredients with which Taiwan novelist-turned-director Giddens whips up the larky retro coming-of-age confection You Are the Apple of My Eye. Based on Giddens’ semi-autobiographical novel The Girl We Chased Together in Those Years (same as the Chinese title), which is already a bestseller ahy vọng Chinese online readers, its transfer khổng lồ screen has no trace of literary ponderousness & brims with unpretentious boyish humor. The film’s sparkle lies in the way it conveys the experience of youth & first love with untethered energy and in a wholly personal, idiosyncratic voice.

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The film has been on a marathon thả run at the box office for over 40 days, sprinting lớn 2th place on Taiwan’s chart of all-time box office hits. Festivals specializing in popular Asian fare và other Chinese-speaking territories will take a bite too.

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Apple recalls the Tnhì film My Girl (2003) in the way it tenderly stokes collective memory of the ‘90s, bookending its recollection of a boy & a girl growing up in the countryside with the girl’s present day wedding. Apple kicks off in 2005 and rolls backwards khổng lồ 1995. The protagonist Ko Ching-Teng (Giddens’ real name, played by Ko Chen-Tung) và his gang: Boner, Cochồng, Groin & A-Ho are the bad boys of Ching-Cheng High, a backwater school in Changhua, central-west Taiwan.

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All except Ko have sầu the hots for pretty but prissy teacher’s pet Chia-yi (Michelle Chen). The meet cute moment between Ko và Chia-yi could have been inspired by Tom’s chivalric gesture to Becky in Tom Sawyer. The rest of the film follows them through their college days. Their furtive sầu liaison, & the boys’ belly-flops at proving their manhood are less effervescent, but the finale gives a lippy variation on the tradition of kissing the bride that the payoff will knock your socks off.

An alternative sầu lớn Asian teen movies that tkết thúc to be syrupy, demure romances targeting girls, Apple injects a fresh, tart edge lớn the genre with a constantly self-mocking boys’ angle. The comedy is crowd-pleasingly raucous, showing how the lads’ camaraderie is forged as much by synchronized group masturbation as desiring the same girl. If it is more graphic và uninhibited about phallus-fixation than most Chinese films in this genre, at least it eschews the smutty objectification and belittling of women that rules the Superbad school of American teen comedy. It even attempts something philosophical by reflecting on how desire is more pleasurable than its consummation.See more: 6 Tỉnh Miền Tây Là Những Tỉnh Nào, Thông Tin Tổng Quan 13 Tỉnh Miền Tây Nam Bộ

The youthful cast has a limited register but offer enough self-conscious blasé posing. Chen comes off as most fresh & natural while Wan Wan displays more personality as her plain but spiky girlfrikết thúc. While the chatty dialogue và excessive sầu voiceovers betray Apple‘s lexical roots, the visual imagery reveals a distinctive, almost cryptic character. Objects assume iconic significance through lush, sensuous close-ups, and there is noticeably fetishistic attention khổng lồ ears. Technical credits are fine with a slightly over-bright texture.

Hong Kong International Film Festival Summer International Film FestivalSales: Star Ritz Productions Co. Ltd.Production companies: Star Ritz Production Co. Ltd., Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd. present a Star Ritz production.Cast: Ko Chen-Tung, Michelle Chen, Steven Hao, Ao-Chuen, Tkhông nên Cheng-Hsien, Yen Sheng-yu, Wan Wan.Director-screenwriter: GiddensManaging director: Liao Ming-yi, Chiang Chin-Lin.Executive producer: Angie Chen.Director of photography: Chou Yi-Hsien.Production designer: Shen Chen-Chih.Costume designer: Hsu Li-Wen.Music: Jamie Hsueh.Editor: Liao Ming-Yi.No rating, 109 minutes