Day’s Lee worked at her father’s restaurant as a kid in Montreal and in this documentary that she made, she discovers more about her parents and the customers who ate at the restaurant in the 1950s. The official website has more details.
At this year’s virtual edition, Fantasia will be screening some films they screened in the past years as VOD rentals as part of their Fantasia Classics programming.
This is a great initiative and one that I hope continues in future editions. Sometimes you simply cannot watch a screening because of schedule conflicts. Considering how difficult it can be to find and watch some of these movies, it’s nice to get a second chance to see them even if it’s not in the cinema. I’ve linked to my reviews of some of the movies that I have already seen.
In Time With You / 我可能不會愛你 [wǒ kě néng bù huì ài nǐ ] (2011)
[13 episodes, approx. 80 mins each]
Director: Winnie Chu
Writer: Mag Hsu
Cast: Ariel Lin, Chen Bolin, Andrea Chen, Sunny Wang
I have watched Taiwanese dramas in the past but only random episodes. I never finished a full series so that makes this one a first. At 13 episodes it’s actually one of the shorter Taiwanese dramas but each episode is about 1 hour and 20 mins long. This is longer than both Japanese and Korean dramas. In total viewing time it’s a bit longer than a typical 16 episode Korean drama series where each episode is about one hour. I usually find such a long runtime to be tiresome but this drama manages to mostly warrant all the time spent. The English title does not have the same meaning as the Chinese title (wo ke neng bu hui ai ni) which translates to “I probably can’t love you.”
It’s about a male and female who are best friends. They were in the same classes in high school and college. You Qing (Ariel Lin) works for a shoe company and Da Ren (Chen Bolin) works at the airport. You Qing is about to turn 30 so thoughts of marriage become more frequent. Da Ren and You Qing make a money bet with each other to see who will get married first before 35. It becomes fairly clear early on that Da Ren has romantic feelings for You Qing although he is extremely reluctant to act on them.
While there are movies that I feel nostalgia for because I saw them in the past and sometimes were linked with a personally significant event in my life, this is not a list of those movies. This is a list of movies that invoke a sense of nostalgia themselves with their own content.
What makes the story evoke a sense of nostalgia? It could be a variety of things and this list likely skews to what makes me feel nostalgic, which is usually something involving childhood innocence or teenage naivete, coming of age, and/or teenage/young adult romances. Often there is a yearning for a seemingly simpler or better time in the past or a regret on missing an imagined better outcome whether possible or not. Sometimes there are bittersweet thoughts of “what if” or “if only I…”. Many of these movies also have some imaginary and/or fantasy elements in the story or hazy memories that may be unreliable.
This is a genre that I think both South Korea and Japan excel at. Their comedy-dramas / drama-comedies / dramedies (or whatever the term is) can be both funny and offer emotionally satisfying drama. South Korea tends to be a bit more emotional with greater swings of the pendulum between serious and comical. Japan tends to be a bit more subtle sometimes.
The classic romantic comedy is a well worn genre. I often feel like romances in general work better in the longer TV series format where you get to see the relationship develop over many episodes. But a film can be good if the romance is at least believable and the comedy is really funny.