Our Times (我的少女时代) Movie Review

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Our Times (我的少女时代) Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com

Recommended Audience: Fans of Vivian Sung 宋芸桦, Wang Da Lu 王大陆, Jerry Yan, Joe Chen Qiao En, Andy Lau, Dino Lee 李玉玺, Dewi Chien 简廷芮, Frankie Chen 陈玉珊, and romantic comedy movie fans


Our Times (我的少女时代) Movie Synopsis

We all had to live through and rise above the awkward years in high school, and regardless how long it may have been a distant past you wish to forget, there’s always a beautiful memory somewhere waiting to be awakened. A joyful moment that truly belongs to you. An ordinary high school girl Lin Truly (Vivian Sung) pines over the most popular guy in school Ouyang Extraordinary (Dino Lee). Our Times StillsThe school’s troublemaker Hsu Taiyu (Ta Lu Wang) falls for the prettiest girl in school Tao Minmin ( Dewi Chien). Together, Truly and Taiyu, work through misadventures to help each other win their dream dates. Through this youthful rite of passage, their friendship evolves and they learn a thing or two about true love.

Our Times (我的少女时代) Viewer Rating: 4.75/5 *****

Our Times (我的少女时代) Movie Review:

If you are a fan of Mario Maurer’s Crazy Little Things Called Love (aka First Love สิ่งเล็กเล็ก ที่เรียกว่า…รัก, Sing lek lek thi riak wa… rak, lit. “A Little Thing Called Love”), you will definitely find many similar scenes in the trailer. I went hysterical when I first saw the trailer in August 2015, as I’ve watched the Thai movie more than 10 times (Yes, I’m that crazy)… and cried over the same thing every single time. So here’s 6 reasons why I simply love this film (without too many spoilers), and why it is missing 0.25 marks. Our Times vs Crazy Little Things1. It’s like watching the Chinese version of my favourite movie.

While some dislike how the film make many references to the Thai film, I love how the director was able to reproduce a similar film, yet uniquely Taiwanese. Yes, some say it’s out-right plagiarising, but who cares? There’s at least the nostalgic elements from the 1990s (think autograph books, friendship bands, and chalkboard) which makes all the early millennials reminisce about the non-smartphone era.
KO One2. Wang Da Dong from KO One (终极一班) Anyone?

With elements similar to another drama KO One (终极一班), this movie is like bringing a F4 lookalike Dao Ming Si (道明寺) who turned into the boss of the worst KO One class in the school, always getting into fights (no super power this time) and intruding into the relationship of the Thai film. OK, this is getting a little complicated for readers who did not catch any of the dramas mentioned, but for those who watched, it will make perfect sense! So how cool is that? Dino Lee Vivian Sung3. Eye Candy Dino Lee – it’s P’Shone kicked to the side 🙁

I’m glad the director was able to find someone who looks good in the classic middle parting long-fringe Jimmy Lin/ Aaron Kwok hairstyle. And I personally think he looks better in this hairstyle than the ones in his current albums! 😛 (No offense, Dino!) Also, he looks more like Mario Maurer’s character P’Shone in First Love Thai Movie, with a little twist this time. Anyone find this particular picture familiar?
Our Times 44. That Idol We All Went Crazy Over

It’s Andy Lau in this film, and anyone who knows me will know my “imaginary husband” is Jimmy Lin. Ok, I’m just joking, unlike the characters in this movie, I didn’t really regard my idol as my “husband”, but I was actually thinking (back then) that I can accept guys who are 14 years older than me because Jimmy Lin is 14 years older than me! So “Our Times” is really a film I can resonate VERY well with.  Our Times5. When Studying Together is Happiness -You Are the Apple of My Eye (那些年,我們一起追的女孩)

I guess many people will be waiting for me to mention this film. Despite the fame and popularity, I wasn’t really a fan of Gidden Ko’s You Are The Apple Of My Eye. Maybe because I wasn’t really able to relate to many of the plots as it was from a guy’s point of view. Plus, I’m still a sucker for happy endings. So “Our Times” is one coming from the girl’s point of view.

Know what? Back then, happiness is simple. To be able to study together (at MacDonalds) with the person you like and revising for the same examinations, you don’t even need to be labelled as an item. That’s just so sweet, to think about it now. Aww…
Our Times Still16. The One Guy Who Always Bully Me, The Friends Who Were By My Side, The Love That Got Away

Do you have that one person in your memory? Some people might have. This film also serve as a gentle reminder to all the “working zombies” who had gradually become jaded with all the workload and forgot to live their dreams. It is good to look back, and recall the past. Maybe your younger self was much braver than you now.  Jerry Yan BTSDon’t get me wrong. I love Jerry Yan and Joe Chen’s performance. They were fantastic. Being the pioneers of Taiwanese idols (F4 and Prince Turn Frog female lead)- now veterans, both Joe and Jerry were able to bring me straight into their scenerio in a blink of an eye. But why was it imperfect?
Although they were great in their character portrayal (looks-wise), the same lines said between them was touching but unable to trigger the same impact as it would be if it had been done by both Vivian Sung and Wang Dalu. Oh well, I still cried. I was just nit-picking, really.

Do You Know?

Our Times 5In order to bring out the actual setting and scenes from the 1990s, the props in the movie, from pens, eraser, bookmark cards, recycling bins, motor bikes, convenience stall, school hostel, book shop and railway trains were aim to achieve accuracy. The main cast even went online to bid old items to rebuild the scenes from the 1990s. Director Frankie Chen even went to buy the rights of a few 90s classic songs. Our Times Vivian SungAlthough Vivian Sung was the female lead of the high grossing movie Café. Waiting. Love (等一个人咖啡), the director did not decide to use her because of that. It was because Vivian Sung was well prepared for the audition, and after trying for over ten times, the director requested her to cry in one of the scenes, Vivian Sung broke down and cry, hence the director’s decision to use her as the female lead. Also Vivian’s appearance was made ugly, and her salary doubled due to that. Frankie ChenProducer of many classic taiwan idol dramas, such as My MVP Valentine (MVP情人), The Prince Who Turns Into a Frog (王子变青蛙), Fated to Love You (命中注定我愛你), this is the first time Frankie Chen directs a movie. Joe Chen Our TimesIn the film, Joe Chen (陈乔恩), Jerry Yan and Andy Lau was invited to cameo in the show. Joe Chen acted as the older version of Truly Lin (林真心).

Andy LauThis is the first time Andy Lau acted as himself in a movie, and as this is a Taiwanese film, he even invested in the film and made many guest appearance to conferences and fans’ meeting. Jerry Yan Joe ChenJerry Yan acted as the older version of Hsu Taiyu. Although he filmed for 2 days, half the scenes were cut away. He was supposed to have pass by older Truly Lin (Joe Chen) several times but missed seeing each other.

Our Times MovieDino Lee (李玉璽) who acted as Ouyang Fei Fan, the Prince Charming of Truly Lin is the son of notable Taiwan singer Li Ya Ming. He is also a rock singer under Eagles Music. HebeHebe of Taiwanese Girl Band SHE supported this film by singing the theme song of the movie. The song went viral before the movie started.

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Our Times (我的少女时代) is out in cinemas on 22 October 2015.

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On October 19, 2015

33 Responses to Our Times (我的少女时代) Movie Review

  1. spyiau says:

    Hi, im a guy. I enjoyed the great acting and chemistry in the movie.But im disturbed that girls love it so much without mentioning about the extreme bullying of Taiyu on Zhen Xin. Its like he owned her. Do girls really accept this as a normal part of growing up? All the more disturbing that he was excused becos it turns out hisbguilt turned him bad, and that he did all those bullying only cos he liked her. Sounds like lazy characterization used to normalizing bullying to me.

    • tiffanyyongwt says:

      Haha. I’m not a supporter of his actions, but just like how people like Dao Mingsi from Meteor Garden who was possessive, many girls like Taiyu too.

  2. PrincessLin says:

    Hi Tiffany! I just finished watching this movie when I stumbled upon your review! I found some interesting facts here thank you very much! Although I really commented because I LOVE JIMMY LIN TOO! He’s my idol and I’ve watched all movies and music videos and reality shows with him in it that I can find in our country. I’m rambling lol I’m sorry I’m just happy to find another fan of Jimmy Lin’s and read thru a review of my fave taiwanese movie!

    • tiffanyyongwt says:

      Hi Princess Lin, thanks for commenting! Glad that you are a Jimmy Lin fan too! Try watching the Thai film “Crazy Little Things Called Love” if you haven’t!

  3. summertimewaltz says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the comparisons that you made about how the plot of 那些年was some how ridiculous as it was from a guy’s point of view, and that 少女时代 was much more relatable for girls!

  4. Fifi Gaia says:

    The first part did reminded me of “Little Things Called Love” also, but luckily this movie has it own charm. I really love the 90s’ decorations and clothings are really cool. And Ouyang’s middle-split hair is right on!

    @HADIWIDJADJA – That’s the song from “A Moment of Romance” (袁鳳瑛 – 天若有情)

  5. Sarah Tan says:

    I’ve just watched this movie and I absolutely loved it! It has Andy Lau in it! I like him a lot. The show is very touching. Ya, I agree I didn’t have that emotional connection to the older versions as much as the younger ones.

  6. hadiwidjadja says:

    Anyone knows old song title when Tao min-min suddenly was circles by Hsu Tai-yu gang after school hour ? thx’s

  7. Jiangshuaige says:

    I just found your web and immediately looked for this movie’s review!
    At last someone else realised wang da lu resembles wang da dong in that very scene!!!!!!!!

  8. Mimi says:

    I cried so hard while watching this movie. What I really like about this movie is I find it hard to predict what is gonna happen to Lin Truly and Hsu Taiyu. Such a tragic love/friendship story yet with a happy ending. Love it!

  9. Shania says:

    where do you watch it?

  10. Blueberry2504 says:

    I literally watched this film 4 times and i am still going for the 5th even 10th. I cried like a bitch 4 times too you guys should watch this!!!!! Its a must!!!!! Must must must!!!!!

  11. lonelyreload says:

    Maybe I will go watch too~ haha~

    Lonely reload

  12. aneemz says:

    A must-watch-movie!..At first i watched it because of joe chen and jerry yan.. but i end up falling for hsu taiyu..i think im gonna have to watch it again..love your review on this film..**thumbs up**

  13. phyliciamarie says:

    I think I would totally relate as well! I love the effort they made to make the scenes look authentic. I’m excited for this Taiwanese version of my beloved Thai movie!!

  14. Sunshine Kelly says:

    Our Times seems to be quite fun and entertaining to watch. The only concern again is that i am not sure it will be screen in my country or not.

  15. What Fatemah Say's says:

    Sounds like an interesting movie. I am sure all high school-ers can relate to the movie.

  16. Yvonne Bertoldo says:

    OMG it’s Jerry Yan 🙂 That lady looks familiar. just like my high school classmate

  17. Nicol says:

    Ooo now this is a film that is right up my street! I’ve added that to my list

  18. Pooja Kawatra Gupta says:

    Lovely review and Our times seems to be a fun movie which i can surely enjoy with my family.

  19. Franc Ramon says:

    High School is such an awkward phase and it’s the time we start to blossom as a person. I’ve watched crazy little thing called love and it was a great feel good movie. I’ll check this one out too.

  20. Fred says:

    Wow! Just 0.25 from being perfect for a highschool type romantic comedy! You got me curious even if I do not like romcoms too much. Jerry Yan and Andy Lau playing smaller roles, interesting.

  21. Anne V says:

    Our Times seems like a fun film to watch. It does bring you back to the 90s, and the awkward stage we all went through back in high school. Traveling back in time through watching a movie can be refreshing.

  22. Cheryl F. says:

    Wow Jerry Yan! I wanna watch this. I haven’t heard about this movie here, though. I hope this will be available in local cinemas here too.

  23. Girl, Unspotted says:

    Your reviews always make me so curious about Asian films. I’ve seen a bunch of classics that I really like and really enjoyed in the past!

  24. Elizabeth O. says:

    This sounds like a fun movie that will give you nostalgia. I have a lot of fun memories in High School as well as memories I’d rather forget. Thanks for sharing this movie.

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