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.
When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep (2012, Taiwan)
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.
Together (2013, China)
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.
Ever Since We Love (2015, China)
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.
Lovesick (2011, Taiwan)
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!
Love (2012, Taiwan)
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!
I love romance related entertainment, but I mostly either watch dramas or read mangas :’D So I actually didn’t watch anything on this list. What a shame. I feel like I would be down to try out Love, Lovesick and Together the most ^_^ They look awesome!
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if I could budget my time well, I’d definitely have my eyes glued more on dramas and mangas except that I find watching films more convenient for me 😀
Maybe you can try them out some other time! I only discovered my love for Asian movies last year and I don’t think I’ll stop writing for this column haha! Thank you for reading, dear! ❤
Welcome! I think the reason I am more attracted to drama/manga, is that it is an easier start. For a manga, it takes 1 chapter/5 minutes to decide if I like it or note. For a drama, an episode of 40min decides for me (and I can easily skip through if I want since I am watching on youtube). While as for a movie, I need to watch half the story before deciding if I like it or not. Which can trap me for a few hours…
Haha, I should try watching movies since you have such positive feedbacks on them v_v
I love how you get to decide while I can’t be like that at all because I always have to finish what I started. So I’m always trapped… This is why I’m trying to change that by watching only the ones that I’ve always wanted to watch since I’m always pressed for time.
My love for movies goes way back from my Western fanatic days but now I’m all Eastern haha! Update me then 😉 ❤
Hola, mi querida Dramarian! Como estas? I felt that I have to write something here. We were impressed with your analysis of several movies and TV series here. You have a good and thorough insights on the story lines of such entertainment industry.
So, are you done with your Western or Hollywood shows? It is OK then – since you have to look for other interests which give you more accomplishment, in consonant with your main line of thoughts and ideas. our group here is slowly deviating Hollywood or English movies, I guess we are beginning to be tired watching it – violence, sexual graphics, greed . . . We are now slowly making our way to Asian one, with Chinese and Taiwanese areas in mind . . . but of course, remember what I have written to you? Our knowledge for Asian entertainment industry is so limited, se limita. We only knew Ruby Lin and other actors and actresses associated with her movies and tv shows . . (I am thinking you will write on Ruby Lin and the other 2 pretty ladies who performed with her for the 2016 Spring Festival Gala? – that is one good story line for good friendship among the 3 lovely ladies.)
Anyway, please know that we enjoy reading your lines here and we are now starting to know other good Chinese and Taiwanese performers and celebrities.
Have a good day there. Hasta entonces. Todo lo mejor. Till next time. Take care, our dear Dramarian.
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Hello Marilina! It’s very nice of you to comment whenever you can. Comments like yours keep our blog alive! Ruby looked so stunning in that performance and as much as I want to write about it, other great blogs have already written about it 😉 as for your question regarding Hollywood, I don’t watch as often as I did before. In a nutshell, I got tired of it as well and found Asian entertainment to be more appealing for me which I think is a sad thing that I only got to rediscover it last 2014. Really wish I had started earlier because now I have so many films and dramas lined up that I don’t know how I’ll be able to finish them in a lifetime 😦 haha!
I hope you can consider the other dramas and films that I’ve been writing about. 🙂 In due time, your knowledge about Asian entertainment specifically C & TW would be limitless 😀
Thank you very much for reading and commenting! I hope to see you in my future posts! 🙂 ❤
My dear Dramarian, como estas? I cannot help but write again. Since you are writing on romance here, I thought your blog is still the best place to write on something about love.
I read that our dear Ruby Lin has that 24 Hours TV show, is that like Running Man? I am not familiar and I read that our pretty lady was bombarded by kisses from Chen Kun? Did you see the TV show?
So, our hearts here are beating faster again; we have Jerry Yan last December, so are we looking for another blossoming love team, Ruby and Chen Kun.
My goodness, it seems that our group again are on the research mode – again – on who is this Chen Kun . . every time Ruby Lin is partnered with a handsome guy – we have to look and research on him, too . .
Love is indeed works on a mysterious ways, it has angles and it has whys and hows . .
Please enlighten us . . . Por favor . . .Muchas gracias.
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Thank you so much! Please never hesitate to comment about anything here in our blog 😊 I haven’t watched an episode of 24 Hours since the Chinese version of Running Man is the only one that appeals to me and also because of the availability of English subtitles. I just know that 24 Hours is a variety show where Chen Kun is a regular cast. I’ve only seen him in one movie and I don’t mind watching him again. I heard that he has a very great personality which is why he’s worth watching in a variety/reality show. If I’m not mistaken, he’s the most followed person on Weibo and that must say something a lot about him. Chen Kun has many close female friends like Li Bingbing, Zhao Wei, etc who are pretty much in the same age range as Ruby so I’m not surprised that they’re friends too. As of now, those are all I can tell about Chen Kun!
Really hope Ruby can find her happiness soon! 🙂 thank you for your lovely comments!
I never watched any of these movies but those are some awesome eye candy couples!! I am watching a lot of J-movies such as Bokura Ga Ita (highly recommend!!) right now centered around romance so this article makes me very happy ^^
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Right? It’s hard to believe that these eye candy couples actually happened even if it was just fiction ❤ hmm that sounds familiar, I must have included it in my PTW! Thank you very much for your lovely comment, dear! 🙂