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.
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.