Taiwan Film Days 2011 – You Are The Apple Of My Eye Review and Trailer

There are two things I learned from director Giddens Ko‘s adaptation of the hugely popular Taiwanese book of the same name:

  1. Bopping one’s bologna amongst friends, whether it be in a shared shower space, a sweaty dorm room, or during class is not considered gay.  It’s a fun recreational activity for kids growing up in Taiwan.
  2. Having a re-cap of an entire film in the last scene is one hell of a lazy way to try to illicit emotion from what a character has been through.  It’s also a way of pissing me off, knowing that I could have arrived during the last 5 minutes of the film and have been just as enilghtened dumbfounded as those who arrived at the start, all while saving myself an hour-and-a-half’s worth of parking garage money.

In case you couldn’t already tell, I am not the biggest fan of this movie.

I left this tonally frantic opus feeling both exhausted and confused.  Exhausted from its lack of cohesive tone leading up to its dragged-out ridiculous conclusion.  Was this film trying to be an American Pie-esque comedy or a sappy puppy-love melodrama?  By the end, I couldn’t really care.

As for my confusion, I can’t help but scratch my head in wonderment as to how this film sold out both the initial day that tickets went on sale and within hours of the announcement of an added screening.  I swear, as only the best way an atheist can, that if the crowd for these screenings doesn’t consist of at least 97% percent Taiwanese female teenagers I will eat this film’s poster.

Having already wasted my morning in a press screening for this film, only to be forced into reliving it for this review, I am now going to resign from writing about this film anymore.  For those interested in the film’s synopsis you can check out the trailer below.


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