Posts Tagged ‘ taiwan ’

Movie I dig 034: 那些年,我們一起追的女孩 (You Are the Apple of My Eye) (2011)

I think ‘Na xie nian, wo men yi qi zhui de nu hai’ is my first encounter with Taiwanese cinema and shouldn’t be my last. Basically the plot is that there’s one girl with outstanding grades (also referred to as a ‘honor-student’) and she also happens to be the best looking girl in the high school class. So all the guys like her. Most of the guys are quite childish and not that good with girls (understatement). The guy who is the most childish one manages to get her attention when he steps up for her when she forgot to bring her English text-book and he quickly slips her his and pretends that he is the one who forgot to bring the text-book. It’s no surprise that some kind of bond starts to grow between them. A weird bond though, but eventually they become a couple, a weird couple though, because when they go to college they don’t even hold hands when they say goodbye.

Anyway, I won’t spoil further. It’s hard enough to not see surprises coming from a mile away in this film. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since the film is full of high school and college clichés  (some of them wildly exaggerated), which are quite funny.

It’s based on a book; I might check it out later. If this one is being screened at a theater anywhere near you, go and see it and don’t forget to bring your girlfriend or your boyfriend – if you manage to drag him along.

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Movie I dig 013: Dang Ai Lai De Shi Hou (When love comes) (2010)

I think this was my first encounter with Taiwanese cinema and I must say that this one is not bad at all. In contrary, it’s quite good!

This movie deals with teenage pregnancy, love and generation gaps within a Taiwanese family. I really had the feeling this was a real Taiwanese family. The dialogues seemed very real and the actors made the emotions very credible.

I quite enjoyed it.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a trailer.