Saw this 2011-released gem of Taiwanese cinema yesterday and it's probably one of the best movies I've seen in a long time in its genre. It was originally recommended by a Taiwanese girl I had come to know while living in Korea, and after watching it I asked if it's possible to love a movie for being really solid but hate it for all the feelings and memories it makes you relive. I suppose the answer is yes, because You Are the Apple of My Eye ( 那些年，我們一起追的女孩) is one such movie.
|The two main leads, Ko Chen-tung (the guy) and Michelle Chen (the girl), in You Are the Apple of My Eye|
|A playful paper fight! Don't you remember doing this with your first love? I actually do, surprisingly.|
I feel it appropriate to put a SPOILER ALERT here.
|Oh, look! Ko Chen-tung won a golden horse for his performance! Did I mention it was a critical darling and one of the highest-grossing Taiwanese films ever?|
In the end it's kind of frustrating that the two leads don't end up together and makes you ask the age-old question "Why do people insist on making romance so damned complicated!?" But hey, that happens in real life all the time. Just 'cause two people seem to be made for each other and would doubtless be happy together forever doesn't mean they're gonna end up dating. And the film would not have been as affecting otherwise. Despite the fact that I've more or less spoiled the film for you, there are still numerous moments that make it worth watching, even if you know what's coming. There's a bit of humour, a bit of magic realism, and a whole lotta love. After all, it's not always about where you end up; it's how you get there that's most engaging.
Bottom line: If you like good movies and do not discriminate against romantic films, watch this movie. It's fun, charming, and sweet and you'll be glad you watched it.