The movie that set box-office records in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore is a sweet tale of teenage romance based on the directors real adolescent experiences.
You Are the Apple of My Eye is a 2011 Taiwanese romantic comedy based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Giddens Ko, who also made his directorial debut with the film. The film stars Ko Chen-tung, Michelle Chen and Owodog.
The story begins in 1994. A group of close friends who attend a private school all have a debilitating crush on the sunny star pupil, Shen Chia-yi (Chen). Shen is an outstanding student, and popular among her teachers and classmates.
Ko Ching-teng (Chen-tung) is the mischievous member of the group, and a poor student. Unlike the other boys, he claims to have no interest in Shen.
One day Shen forgets her English textbook, and Ko slips her his own, receiving her punishment for forgetting the book. Shen is touched by Ko’s generosity, and begins studying with him after school.
Their relationship gradually grows…
You Are the Apple of My Eye is a sweet tale of teenage romance, with a star-making performance from Ko Chen-tung as the rebel who turns himself around.
The film captures the thrills, rivalries and heartbreak associated with high school romance with nostalgia and humour. The whole cast work well together to create something that elicits real emotion.
Little trivia titbit, Ko Chen-tung’s real father plays the father in the film.
Well received by film critics, the movie set box-office records in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Ko Chen-tung won the Best Newcomer award at the 48th Golden Horse Awards. The film’s theme song, “Those Years”, written by Giddens, was nominated for Best Original Film Song at the same event.
Watch the official trailer for You Are the Apple of My Eye HERE: