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You are the Apple of My Eye (2011) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region All

Giddens Ko (Director) | Michelle Chen (Actor) | Kai Ko (Actor) | Steven Hao (Actor)
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In school, there's always that one girl that everyone falls in love with. Some will choose to pursue her, while others will stand idly by, waiting for the chance that will never come. Popular Taiwanese novelist Giddens took a third route and chose to write a novel about her. Now, he brings that popular autobiographical novel to the big screen with You Are the Apple of My Eye. Both a hilariously crude schoolyard comedy and a bittersweet romance, the novelist's directorial debut follows the misadventures of a horny high school student, his equally horny friends, and the one girl he'll never forget.

With a universal story about schoolyard mischief and the joys of first love, You Are the Apple of My Eye identified with audiences who saw their own teenage years played out on screen. In addition to being one of the highest-grossing Taiwanese films in history, it also set new box office records in Singapore, Mainland China and Hong Kong. From a mild teen romance to a love story that is connecting with an entire generation, You Are the Apple of My Eye is truly the Asian pop culture sensation of 2011.

Ko Ching Teng (Ko Chen Tung) is a mischievous high school student only interested in messing around with his equally mischievous friends. After getting into trouble for a crude classroom prank, Ching Teng is ordered to be supervised by classmate Shen Chia Yi (Michelle Chen), one of the prettiest, smartest girls in class. Over time, the two end up becoming good friends, even though their friendship continues to remain platonic. With their high school days coming to an end and an uncertain future ahead, will Chia Yi and Ching Teng finally take their relationship to the next level?

This edition includes deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage.

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Product Title: You are the Apple of My Eye (2011) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) 那些年,我們一起追的女孩 (2011) (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 那些年,我们一起追的女孩 (2011) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) 那些年,我們一起追的女孩 (2011/台湾) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) You are the Apple of My Eye (2011) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Michelle Chen (Actor) | Kai Ko (Actor) | Steven Hao (Actor) | Lotus Wang (Actor) | Wan Wan (Actor) | Owodog Zhuang (Actor) | Emerson Tsai (Actor) 陳妍希 (Actor) | 柯 震東 (Actor) | 郝劭文 (Actor) | 王彩樺 (Actor) | 彎彎 (Actor) | 敖犬 (Lollipop) (Actor) | 蔡 昌憲 (Actor) 陈妍希 (Actor) | 柯 震东 (Actor) | 郝劭文 (Actor) | 王彩桦 (Actor) | 弯弯 (Actor) | 敖犬 (Lollipop) (Actor) | 蔡 昌宪 (Actor) 陳妍希(ミシェル・チェン) (Actor) | 柯震東(コー・チェントン) (Actor) | [赤β]劭文(ハオ・シャオウェン) (Actor) | 王彩樺(ロータス・ワン/ワン・ツァイホァ) (Actor) | Wan Wan (Actor) | Owodog Zhuang (Actor) | Emerson Tsai (Actor) Michelle Chen (Actor) | Kai Ko (Actor) | Steven Hao (Actor) | Lotus Wang (Actor) | Wan Wan (Actor) | Owodog Zhuang (Actor) | Emerson Tsai (Actor)
Director: Giddens Ko 九把刀 九把刀 九把刀(ジウバーダオ) Giddens Ko
Producer: Angie Chai 柴智屏 柴智屏 Angie Chai Angie Chai
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2015-11-03
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: LPCM, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Sony Music Entertainment (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1046209742

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  Adolescence is like a heavy rain. Even though you catch a cold from it, you still look forward to experiencing it once again.

  Ko-Teng has several close friends who had a crush on Shen Chia-Yi.

  Those friends of Ko's thus moved in unison from Ching Cheng's junior high school straight into the senior high school division in pursuit of her.

  Naughty in nature, Ko was ordered by their homeroom teacher to sit in front of honor student Shen for her to keep close tabs on him.The two hadn't hit it off at first but Ko gradually fell for Shen, who was always pressuring him to study hard. On the other hand, Shen became impressed by the contrasting values Ko represented. Ko started pursuing Shen but Shen remained hesitant.

  After graduation from senior high, Ko and Shen almost became a couple but the deal was spoilt by a dukeout competition organized by Ko.

  Growing up together to witness their beloved Shen walking down the aisle to become someone else's wife, these boys have learned their coming-of-age lessons and continue to pursue each's happiness.
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Professional Review of "You are the Apple of My Eye (2011) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)"

March 5, 2012

This professional review refers to You Are the Apple of My Eye (2011) (DVD) (2-Disc Steel Case Commemorative Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Coming-of-age films have become one of the most popular genres in Taiwan commercial cinema. Films like Winds of September, Blue Gate Crossing and even Monga offer different spins on the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in Taiwan. Now, popular novelist Giddens brings his own story to the big screen with You Are the Apple of My Eye, based on his pseudo-autobiographical novel. All the typical coming-of-age film elements are here: high school cliques, schoolyard politics, sexual curiosity and even some studying.

When Giddens calls You Are the Apple of My Eye an autobiography, he isn't kidding; not only did he name the hero after himself, he even shot a good portion of the film at his own high school. However, the film's basic idea is something that's universal: every high school clique has one girl that all the guys want to date. For Ko Ching-Teng (first-time actor Ko Cheng-Tung, no relation) and his friends Boner (Yan Sheng-Yu), A-Ho (Steven Hao), Groin (Tsai Cheng-Hsien) and Tsao (Lollipop F member Owodog), that girl is Shen Chia-Yi (Michelle Chen, Hear Me), the prettiest bookworm in the class.

After Ching-Teng and his friend gets into trouble for masturbating in class (just the first of the film's many masturbation jokes), Chia-Yi is asked by their teacher to keep an eye on Ching-Teng. Reluctantly taking up the job, Chia-Yi figures the first step to get her new ward back on track is to make him study. Naturally, the bickering couple eventually become good friends, even as all of Ching-Teng's friends continue to use wacky ways to pursue her.

The boys' wacky ways are simply variations of things you've seen before in countless high school comedies. Giddens has unintentionally proven that high school life in most civilized countries must be similar, as the first half of You Are the Apple of My Eye is standard teen comedy stuff, from overused character archetypes (the Fat Kid, the Womanizer, the Joker, etc.) to a surprisingly high amount of sexual humor that's comparable to that in American teen sex comedies.

This universality means that audiences that still remember their high school days will immediately relate to the settings, the juvenile humor and the familiar characters. Giddens also caters to his home audience with plenty of Taiwan pop culture references, from having popular Taiwan blogger Wan Wan play herself (as Chia-Yi's fictional best friend) to even an obscure Jay Chou in-joke.

Giddens does have something up his sleeve for non-Taiwanphiles and those looking for a little more in You Are the Apple of My Eye; around the halfway point, the film leaves its high school setting behind, revealing at its core a story about the unspoken love between Chia-Yi and Ching-Teng. The long-unrequited romance is not a fresh genre (especially in Asian films), but Giddens' personal connection likely helped him craft a particularly poignant love story, ultimately making the film more accomplished as a romance than a high school comedy.

Though the story is told entirely from Ching-Teng/Giddens' point of the view, the writer-director doesn't shy away from his hero's flaws nor how those flaws affect his relationship with Chia-Yi. However, at times Giddens also plays up the importance of his own story a bit too much, emphasizing its connection to his real life throughout and wrapping up the film with a five-minute montage that recaps the entire film just to hammer home how touching it's all supposed to be.

The final moments do carry an emotional impact because of how well Giddens lays out the path leading up to them, but his talented cast should also be credited. Ko Cheng-Tung is a likable male lead (the fact that he bares all will add some bonus points for some viewers, too), as are the supporting cast. However, it's Michelle Chen that does the heavy lifting as Chia-Yi, who has to display a wider range of emotions than any other character in the film. Despite being eight years older than her co-star, Chen is totally believable as the object of Ching-Teng's affection thanks to her youthful spunk. While Giddens is the promotional focus of the film in Taiwan, audiences will come out remembering Michelle Chen.

The commercial success of You Are the Apple of My Eye is a synergy of many things: Giddens' popularity, the strong cast, a poignant romance and possibly even the fact that it's based on a true story. Neither the form nor the content of the film is particularly original, but it's made by someone who knows how to please his audience without giving up his personal touch. You are the Apple of My Eye is pop cinema at its finest.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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