This film was being shown by the Coventry University East Asian Film Society, and so I decided to attend the event as I haven’t really seen many of this type of film before. The film was titled You Are The Apple of My Eye and was a Taiwanese romance/comedy film following two students journeys through high school to college. The film is centred around and narrated by the main character Ko Ching-teng (Ko Chen-tung) and is the story of how a group of boys all fall for the same girl in their class, Shen Chia-yi (Michelle Chen). Ko Ching-teng doesn’t have an immediate attraction to Shen Chia-yi like his friends, and they begin the movie as enemies almost.
The movie begins in the style of a typical teenage film, with an introduction to Ko Ching-teng’s friends, who each have their own unique (And in some cases embarrassing) characteristics. The film then progressed though the highschool years, where Shen Chia-yi is given the responsibility of making sure Ko Ching-teng is studying well, after being caught masturbating in class (That particular scene is done in such a way to avoid crudity and rudeness, but ensures maximum hilarity). The acting in the high school section is particularly good, and ensures there’s a laugh in almost every scene. Enevitably, Ko Ching-tend and Shen Chia-yi begin to enjoy each others company more and more, which is where the film begins to change.
As the film progresses, the film becomes less of a typical teenage comedy and moves very smoothly into a romantic style film. This transition is very clever, as the years in the film advance without the audience really being aware. The group then move on to college after they graduate, and each go their seperate ways. This introduces the audience to a few more minor characters, each with their own specific and diverse characteristics as Ko Ching-teng moves into his college dorm. This is where the audience sees the extent of his relationship with Shen Chia-yi, as they participate in phone conversations regularly. This adds extra emotion into the film, which then builds on the audiences opinions of Ko Ching-teng, who is changing from an immature schoolboy into a more sensible college student. However, Ko Ching-teng soon reverts back to his immature ways after inspiration from his dorm friends, which adds some more comedy.
Overall I enjoyed the film, and thought that it had a unique comedy that most western films don’t have. I would recommend seeing it if you haven’t!