My previous Movie Monday with an action theme didn’t really get a lot of feedback compared to my first one which dealt with first love. I’m going to assume that this post will get more feedbacks because of one thing: it’s all about ROMANCE!
Love really does make the world go round as proven by these five films which had romance as its central theme. Some were a hit and miss while some were definitely not to be missed.
You know the drill: Trailers with English subtitles are attached to the film title; Each film will have its plot written by yours truly (no spoilers!), Why Watch It, and Ratings by me and other critics if possible.
In a nutshell: Kai Ko plays a heart-broken go-to photocopying guy of the area’s cram schools. His ultimate goal is to find his girlfriend (Nikki Hsieh in a guest role) who suddenly left him to pursue a career abroad. This loneliness was somehow relieved by one of the cram school’s instructors who loves drawing sheep on student’s papers. Can a wolf and a sheep really find a way to be together? What if the long lost love of a wolf has returned?
Why watch it: Kai Ko may have shot to fame because of “You Are the Apple of My Eye” but I didn’t really take notice of him back then. I learned to appreciate him more in this film and also because he looked cuter here (shallow fangirl alert lol!). Putting those aside, I loved the uniqueness and quirkiness of this film. The people behind this film were just beyond creative in the cinematography by making the doodles of the leads come alive (hmm, quite literally!). If you were never a fan of Kai, then maybe this would make you turn into a fan. A feel-good and lesson-filled film especially for the youth about love and loss.
Rating: IMDb gave it a rating of 6.7/10 while Rotten Tomatoes gave it a fairly high score of 76%. I gave it a perfect score of 10 and it remains to be one of my favorite Taiwanese films. I remember falling asleep when I was watching it but then I woke up and continued it until the end and loving it more because of the satisfying ending.
In a nutshell: Three (?) love stories but with the main story revolving a traffic cop (Donnie Yen) and an amnesiac (Michelle Chen).
Why watch it: Let me just be honest and say that Kai Ko and Angelababy should’ve made a movie with just the two of them instead. The movie poster shows that there are three pairings, or three stories, in the whole film but I don’t remember seeing the 3rd pairing having any scenes at all. Anyway, I actually didn’t know that Angelababy was paired up with Kai Ko (who happens to be one of my favorite TW actors!) here since I just randomly downloaded this movie after finding out that it’s an Angelababy movie available with English subtitles. Maybe this is just a biased opinion of a fan but the only thing that was keeping the movie alive was the pairing of Kai and Angelababy here (my apologies to Donnie Yen, Michelle Chen, etc). Kai Ko plays a police officer here while Angelababy was being suspected of doing money-related crimes so there’s obviously a conflict of interest there, which made it interesting. The only reason why I gave it a fairly high rating is because it was so much fun to watch the two of them, that I actually wish to see them in other projects.
Rating: IMDb gave it a rating of 4.4/10 (lol it was that bad) but I gave it a 9/10 (why, Marian, why?) HAHA. Majority of the points obviously go to my favorites and also a part of it goes to how well-developed the story was involving the main leads. Though there’s a tiny part of me wanted someone else other than Donnie Yen playing the main lead.
In a nutshell: A nostalgic youth romance film about a medical student (Han Geng) taking a risk and falling in love with an unpredictable woman (Fan Bingbing). It is based on a 2001 Chinese novel “Everything Grows” by Feng Tang.
Why watch it: To tell you honestly, I feel like nothing was really happening in the film… Unless I wasn’t playing close attention to it because it wasn’t really interesting compared to other nostalgic youth romance films but it was not too bad either. I can just recommend this if you’re a fan of Han Geng and/or Fan Bingbing (which I am!) that’s why I watched it in the first place.
Rating: IMDb gave it a rating of 4.9/10 while Rotten Tomatoes gave it half a 100%. I gave it an 8/10. Majority of the points goes to the gorgeous Fan Bingbing, I mean, look at her?!! HAHA. Everything was just meh but I’ve seen worse so there was nothing to hate about this movie lol.
In a nutshell: Ariel Lin plays a lovesick woman after her superstar boyfriend (Li Yi Feng) breaks things off with her. She then volunteers in a group laughter therapy as a facilitator where she meets someone who could possible heal her lovesickness. Who else could cure sicknesses but a doctor (played by Bolin Chen), right? 😉
Why watch it: I remember smiling and laughing the whole time when I was watching this film. It was all sparkles and rainbows for me and I have to attribute this to my “In Time With You” hangover. I watched it right after watching the final episode of ITWY and who wouldn’t be happy to see her fave OTP in a film, right?! And these two continued to make 2 films after aaahhh. I love Ariel and Bolin forever! With that, I highly recommend this to fans of these two like me. They played extremely different characters compared to their characters in ITWY. I know I said this but I will still say it again, you would easily know that they are such talented actors because they are always able to channel NOT being Cheng You Qing and Li Da Ren in all the other characters that they play together. This is why I love them so much because they are just beyond amazing.
Rating: IMDb gave it a rating of 5.5/1o while I gave it a rating of 9/10. This movie was like a happy pill to me. It somehow healed my post-drama depression with ITWY. Yup, I’m saying somehow because I just found myself rewatching an episode last night… HAHA!
In a nutshell: Taiwan and China’s biggest stars in one movie about LOVE.
Why watch it: All stories were captivating enough to draw me in the story. Before anything else, I really think this movie was a gift from heaven. Shu Qi, Vicki Zhao, Ivy Chen, Amber Kuo, Eddie Peng, Ethan Ruan, Mark Chao, starred and directed by Doze Niu?! Why wouldn’t you watch it? @_@ There’s a reason why I placed the photo of Mark with Vicki there. It’s because I found their story to be the most entertaining one while I also loved the one of Ivy with Eddie and Amber. Actually nevermind because I really loved this movie as a whole haha!
Rating: IMDb gave it a rating of 6.6/10 while Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 40%. I say, don’t believe them!! This movie was just beautiful and I’m willing to watch it again when I can ❤ I thought I was just overreacting when I said that I loved it but when I recommended it to my friends, they loved it too! I believe that it’s rare to find a star-studded film with a well-developed story and without stars overpowering one another. LOVE isn’t just perfect for the Valentine’s season but it’s also a great Taiwanese movie no matter when you’ll be watching it 😉 10/10!
Romance is my favorite genre so don’t expect that this would be my first and last Movie Monday about romance. It definitely won’t be as I have watched a lot more and will continue to do so 😉 Any favorites? Any films that you want to try watching? Hope you can let me know through the comments section below!