My Opinion on You Are the Apple of My Eye

You Are the Apple of My Eye is an amazing movie that is the normal rom-com but with some splendid spark here and there. The chinese name of the movie is a literal interpretation of the movie line – In Those Years, The Girl We All Pursued. What’s more amazing is that this is based on the semi-autobiographic novel of this same name. If this is not amazing enough, the movie is directed by the author, Gidden Ko!

Oh, but that’s not all, the chemistry with the leads are remarkable. Ko Chen Tung may be 8 years younger than his co-star but his acting proves that he can make himself appear much older and maturer than what he really is (surprisingly, he plays a very immature character).

YATAOMYE is a beautiful story about two people who grow to become friends who fall in love with each other. (This reminds me of ITWY). However, the biggest difference is the ending. I hoped for the two to end up together but well… I guess they are better off being friends.


My Opinion:

First off, the scenes. Ahahahahahaha, the scenes, you know the times when teenage boys are the most sexually active? Ahahahahahaa! Yes, the scenes! It’s brilliant how the movie manages to execute this scenes in a humourous way. It’s there but it’s not the main attraction. It allows Ching Teng to show his immature character but it shows the viewers that Chen Tung is a versatile and brilliant actor in his skills. It’s not just these scenes that make the movie amazing but that throughout every scene, there are little details that help to bring humour and enrich the storyline. Especially in the background, there will be little side characters and details that just somehow draws my attention away and makes me laugh. I also really like the roles that the supporting characters played in all of this. They made this all the more merrier. (:

Ching Teng and Chia Ya’s chemistry just sparked. From the first time they laid eyes on each other, chemistry is immediately there. I like how he is not afraid to stand up for her although he claims that he has no feelings for her. He is not a study person but with since meeting Chia Ya he changes his entire ethic. He decides to help him improve his grades though he was reluctant at first but he soon gives in and finds himself falling for cute and vice versa. It’s very cute how they fall for each other. The little perks that they pull at each other is beyond cute. I especailly love how Ching Teng does little things for her but would also help his friends to pursue her.

I still can’t get enough of the little things that they do for each other and the symbolism that it represents. During their unofficial date, Chia Ya gave Ching Teng one of her mittens and how they wear it on the same hands. Oh, how I wished that they would hold hands. Gahhh, I just wanted them to hold hands so bad. When they were each leaving to go their separate ways to different universities, he gave her one of his t-shirts. She wore it to see his ‘fight’. Too bad all it resulted in was their ‘break-up’. I just wished she would tell him how she feels. She was going to but it some how never left her mouth. He never even got the chance to hold her hand while his best friend got to date her for 5 months!

Michelle Chen did an incredible job as Chia Ya. I especially enjoyed her portrayal. I don’t get why she never confessed her feelings though. I guess she just didn’t love him that much. She should have just screamed to him that her answer is yes. I guess she feels that it is better off for them to be friends. She is constantly very bubbly and always bright and happy. Maybe it’s because of her acting or her baby face but if I didn’t know, I would think that she is younger or on par with Chen Tung. Or maybe it’s because of her maturity and his immaturity that manages to make a balance.

She also had great chemistry with her best friend. Considering they were the only two females present, well I guess that had to have chemistry somehow.

She was so pretty on her wedding day! (: I so wished that it was a dream and that she would be walking down the aisle with Ching Teng. LOLOLOLOLOL, but it was hilarious how he ran up to kiss the groom. I thought he was actually kissing Chia Ya but it turns out that it was all his imagination. The ending was bitter-sweet. After all these years he spent pursuing her, it has transformed into a strong, solid, profound friendship.

I love love love how part of the ending was put at the beginning of movie. This is amazing and the apple is just another amazing analogy to the plot. That is part of the amazing directing skills in this movie. The cinematography is amazing, amazing, amazing! All of the scenes was wonderfully shot captivating the viewers.

This is definitely leading as one of the best chinese movies that I have seen.

I can’t wait to see the sequel and how it develops and more importantly, I can’t wait to see more of the brilliant directing work.

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19 thoughts on “My Opinion on You Are the Apple of My Eye

  1. chocolate布丁 June 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm Reply

    Haha, I doubt there would be a sequel! It’s the director’s true story of his first love. I heard he watched it with his current girlfriend, heh, wonder what was her reaction.

    And she wanted to confess, she wanted to say yes, but Ke Jing Teng thought she was going to reject her and told her not to say it. Such a pity. I agree with you about the chemistry! They were such a cute couple.

    This is definitely the first time I’m watching a movie with all these sexual scenes. Oh man, I groaned every time some sexual reference came up, It was so embarrassing to watch, haha, not to mention I watched the movie with my mom. But I guess without those references, it wouldn’t be the same. I guess most guys are like that in Taiwan? Hahaha.

    I love the song. I really really love the song. The lyrics are so apt for a first love, and it’s all so real, and not just romantic like most love songs and idol dramas.

    • misscupcakees June 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm Reply

      Really? But I read it on somewhere that there will be a sequel…

      Yeps, that’s what makes this special, it’s a true love story. LOL, I wonder if that was really how the director was like back in his teenage years.

      Hmmm…I would wonder too.

      I know, but I just hoped that she would just say it whether he wanted to hear it or not. It would have changed everything.

      LOLOLOLOLOL, same here! And the naked scenes too! I really wonder if he walked around home naked with his mother around. Ahahahaha. Oh, I read somewhere that the male lead was too shy to go naked alone so the ‘father’ had to do it too.

      Yeeeeeepssss! Same here! It’s so meaningful and beautiful.

      • chocolate布丁 June 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

        But I can’t think of what the sequel would be about. For me, I think I would do without a sequel, because a sequel might spoil the impression of the story as a whole.

        Haha, I heard that it was so popular in Taiwan because many people, especially guys can identify with it. I like to watch this variety show called 100% Entertainment, and I know Show Huang and Alien Huang think about such things. They react to you know, comments made by the guests in a wrong way. Heh.

        The naked scene was sooo awkward! I totally wasn’t expecting him to be totally naked, so when the camera moved down, I was like, OH MY GOD WHY IS HE NIT WEARING CLOTHES. >< My gosh, how can he study on the balcony naked?

        I think the story is beautiful this way though. I mean, I would love for a happy ending, but this ending is fine too. The director has succeeded in bringing out the pity and regret, of what could have been.

      • misscupcakees June 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        Neither can I. Maybe it’s about their frendship? I don’t know but I am assuming that the two leads will still the centre of attention.

        Ahhhh, yeah and I guess and the fact that the book was such a popular read.

        Really? I’m not really a fan of variety shows because I don’t really watch it. Ahhahahahas but I can totally imagine the way that they would react to it. LOL

        I know! I was like, ‘Does he really walk around his mother naked!?’ But it was kind of nice how the father went naked with him too.

        It is. (: Though I would want a happy ending; ahahahas, I am a sucker for happy endings. However, the ending brought out the pity and regret and new profound friendship as you have mentioned.

        Oh, I think Michelle has a new Hong Kong movie coming up and another Taiwanese one. I really would love to see them.

      • chocolate布丁 June 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

        She did have another movie! With Chen Han Dian and Anthony Neely. I didn’t watch it though, but it looked really funny! She should go listen to the theme song, You’re My Baby by Anthony Neely. It gives a bit of an idea on the characters and stuff. 🙂

        I guess there aren’t always happy endings in real life. 🙂

        I think this is Michelle Chen’s best role so far though. I watched an idol drama by her that aired after the movie but she didn’t touch me as much as she did when she acted as Shen Jia Yi. I guess the character she play as matter too. 🙂

  2. mdugong July 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm Reply

    I think this is the first movie I’ve ever seen where the two main characters don’t end up together. Michelle Chen is amazing!! She’s so pretty!! We watched this movie in class at school and the teacher was shocked at all the nudity and sexual references, but I think he realised at the end that the movie would be completely different without them. On Wikipedia, it says there will be a sequel coming out in 2014! Such a long wait, but excited for it nonetheless! 🙂

    • misscupcakees July 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm Reply

      Ahahaha, even all grown up Michelle Chen reminds me of a little child, ahahaha, her baby face!

      Hmmm, I wonder how the sequel will turn out to be. I wonder how the plot line will develop.

      • mdugong July 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        Haha yea she does! She so doesn’t look like she’s 29!
        The plot line will be interesting, I don’t know how they could continue it from where they left off in the first movie

  3. lia March 10, 2013 at 11:34 am Reply

    I totallyyyyy loved this movie from the start! even the sexual parts because they were so funny but i never understood why she didnt go for him even though she liked him??? I mean eventhough he told her not to confess she knew he was in love with him and if she really loved him back then she wouldve told him>:( Urgh! buts its ok! the movie was an eye opener about true love

  4. dante wong August 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm Reply

    I think that she didn’t tell him simply because this happened back in “those days” and, it’s very rare for a girl to confess her love to a guy if the guy doesn’t confess first. It’s just so… against the social rules. But I know your frustrations – clearly, everyone wants a happy ending! But the way I look at how the story unfolded, the “lesson” in the movie couldn’t have been told with any other ending than the one we all saw. The ending might not have been “perfect” for the audience, but it was really a “perfect ending” for the story that was told. IMHO anyway.

    Btw, the naked around the house thing – it’s not that rare in Taiwan…. especially when the summers are sweltering hot….sometimes it can get REALLY hot and you’ll be sweating buckets!

  5. trish January 17, 2014 at 4:46 am Reply

    There’s one thing I did not get about the ending, though…

    There was a flashback of the two of them fighting after Ching Teng’s fight, when he was told of being childish, then the two of them cried and cried, until Ching Teng came back to Chia Yi, wiped her tears and said he was immature. I don’t get it. Is this an imagination, that he came back and admitted his fault? Or did it really happen, because if it did, why did they still break up? 😐

    • dante wong January 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm Reply

      Trish – That is a storytelling technique where the writer inserts a “what if” element. In this case, the movie offers you a WHAT IF scenario. More specifically: “What if Ching Teng had gone back and apologized to Chia Yi?” The implication is that: Things would have turned out different, and maybe they might have gotten married to each other. It’s a wistful approach that offers the audience a glimpse of what could have been…

      • trish January 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm

        Oooohhh, thanks dante, guess I had a hard time accepting that they don’t get to end up together. Now I can say the ending was wonderfully done 🙂

  6. totallyclueless May 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm Reply

    I am so glad I discovered your blog! I was looking for an In a Good Way drama review because I was planning to watch it next…

    Anyway, I got here because You Are The Apple of My Eye is one of my favorite taiwanese movies ever. Just thinking about it makes my heart hurt because of how pure and real it is. Sigh. Looking forward to read more of your posts! 🙂

    • misscupcakees May 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm Reply

      Awwww, thanks! (: Keep a look out because I plan to write a review on it. (:

      Hehehe, that was actually one of the first Taiwanese dramas I watched!

      • totallyclueless May 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        Will wait for it then! 🙂

        Aww this made me miss writing drama reviews as well :))

      • misscupcakees May 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm

        Hehehee. (: I’m glad you enjoy my posts! ❤

        Hehehe, you can always go back to it if you want to.

      • totallyclueless May 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

        Yep I’m trying to blog again now :)) And yes I enjoy your posts so much 🙂 Followed you so I can read your reviews easily~ 🙂

      • misscupcakees May 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm

        I’ll be sure to check it out! (:

        Awww, thank you! You are so sweet!

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