Taiwan

The 11th Annual New York Asian Film Festival runs from June 29th through July 15th in NYC. Taiwan, 2011 North American Premiere 109 minutes, in Mandarin with English subtitles Directed by: Giddens Ko Starring: Michelle Chen, Ko Chen-tung, Owodog, Steven Hao, Wan Wan Teen sex comedies are often thought to be an American exclusive, but while Hollywood is the clear leader in the genre (for better or worse) they’re not the only ones dabbling in diddling. South Korea’s Sex Is Zero (my review here) is a great example of real heart and crass laughs working together successfully, but tonal issues in the third act might make it a difficult film for Western audiences to fully accept. Taiwan’s blockbuster You Are the Apple of My Eye is a bit more mainstream though as it tempers both the sexual hi-jinx and broad laughs in exchange for a romantic nostalgia for teenage relationships. Young love is a common theme that should transcend international borders, and if all else fails there’s a high ratio of masturbation strokes per minute to entertain and confound. The film opens with Ko-Tang (Zhendong Ke) preparing for a wedding, but it’s not immediately clear whose nuptials these are. To answer that question the movie jumps back in time to Ko-Tang’s high school days in 1994 where we’re introduced to his four closest friends and the girl they all loved. He and Tsao are the only guys to escape a nickname as the remaining three include the unfortunate Boner, A-Ho […]

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If you get a chance to see this near-masterpiece, please don’t let the NC-17 rating give you a second moment’s thought (unless you’re under 17 of course).

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