At Cafe 6 (六弄咖啡館) Movie Review

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At Cafe 6 (六弄咖啡館) Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com

Recommended Audience: Fans of Dong Zijian 董子健, Cherry Ngan 颜卓灵, Austin Lin 林柏宏, Ouyang NiNi 歐陽妮妮, Leon Dai 戴立忍, Sandrine Pinna 張榕容, Mickey Huang 黃子佼, Neal Wu 吳子雲 aka Hiyawu 藤井樹 and romantic/comedy movie fans

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At Cafe 6 (六弄咖啡館) Movie Synopsis

Miss Liang’s car broke down after work in a rainy night. The coffee shop owner helps her and invites her to his shop named Café 6. When he knows Miss Liang has a fight with her boyfriend that is overseas, he shares the story that happened in the summer of 1996…
At Cafe 6 Movie stillAt that time, Guan Min-lü and his good friend Xiao Bo-zhi always hang out together. Min-lü is secretly in love with Li Xin-rui. And Bo-zhi likes Xin-rui’s best friend, Cai Xin-yi. They share the shining young days together. However, they need to face reality. Can they maintain their friendship after their high school graduation?

At Cafe 6 (六弄咖啡館) Viewer Rating: 4.5/5 ****

At Cafe 6 (六弄咖啡館) Movie Review:

Not another copy cat. That was the exact line in my mind when I first watched the trailer. While I’m not a fan of Giddens Ko’s 2011 “You Are The Apple Of My Eye” (那些年,我们一起追的女孩), there were still some similarities with high school romance film 2015’s Our Times (我的少女时代) and 2014’s Café. Waiting. Love (等一个人的咖啡).

While I try to keep preconceived notions to minimal by not watching trailers, the damage was done. The comparison was inevitable and unavoidable.
At Cafe 6 Movie_brothersSo for those who have watched the above mentioned 3 films, and wonder if this is something you should watch, I would say, if you like those films, you will definitely like this movie too. At first glance, “At Cafe 6” is a film that has the coming-of-age & long distance relationship element like that of “You Are The Apple Of My Eye” + the love for coffee like “Café. Waiting. Love” + the use of flashbacks and different actor for the main characters like “Our Times”.

At Cafe 6 Huang ZijiaoBut just like the quote used in the film, “Everyone has a similar youth, but a different life.” (每个人都有类似的青春,但是却有不一样的人生) So while I see some resemblance, I soon realised how apt the sentence was. Don’t we all like the predecessors because we can relate to them? I noticed the little nuances and how the author/director handled the situation. While there are also Taiwanese-vulgarities, this film was more philosophical and “dreamy” than the other 3 films.  

At Cafe 6 Movie_studentsIt was fun to watch quartet interact within themselves. Guan Min-lü was the quiet and suppressed one, while Xiao Bo-zhi was noisy and crazy. Xin-rui was the ace student and she’s gentle while Cai Xin-yi was loud and tomboyish. The chemistry was simple and fun. One couple take care of the sweet and romantic moments while the other provides comedic relief.

At Cafe 6 Movie_first loveThe one part where I think this film was better than “You are the Apple of my Eye” was the way long distance relationship was handled. Neal Wu discussed not just about the physical distance, but also the maturity differences. The budding romances within the characters were sweet and pure. The relatable characters will brings audience (especially those born before 90s) happiness and nostalgia. No smart phones, no Facebook, no internet to shorten the distance.

 

At Cafe 6 Movie_coffee makingThen it comes to the coffee part. If the coffee in “Café. Waiting. Love” talks about waiting, the coffee in “At Cafe 6” will have 2 different representations. At the start, the appreciation of coffee was a symbol of education and the outside world. As Xin-rui started working in a cafe while studying in the university, she is exposed to a different world and learns to appreciate different things while her boyfriend Min-lü was not. Later on, the coffee and café became a preservation or even embodiment of an old memory.

Leon DaiIn this film, Leon Dai (戴立忍) opens the scene as the cafe owner and the narrator of the school day memories. This might seem similar to Our Times, where Jerry Yan and Joe Chen were used as the older version of Darren Wang Dalu and Vivian Sung. There was a lot of hype (+ criticism) back then on that decision, but here, I can assure you, I think Director Neal Wu made the best decision when he got Leon in this film. He was the best (and saddest) thing that happened in the story. With no resemblance to the youths, he was able to reveal his identity and his emotions just by doing their signature actions.

At Cafe 6 Movie_youthsThe actors were great with their acting, same for the veteran cameos. There are many more things which I would love to talk about, but I think it will spoil the film for those who have not watched the movie or read the novel. While this film has elements similar to the previous Taiwanese movies, they are expressed in a different way and dealt with at a deeper level. I will keep it as that here and leave the rest for you guys to judge after watching the movie!

So will I recommend you guys to watch? Definitely yes.
Oh ya, stay till the end of a 1.5 seconds post credit scenes. That is, if you want to know what happened to the main character in the end. 😛

Do You Know?

At Cafe 6 DirectorAt Café 6 movie (六弄咖啡館) is Neal Wu (吳子雲) first debut as a director for the novel he wrote. He wrote it under the name of Hiyawu (藤井樹) and the film was voted by online fans to be the number one most anticipated book to film adaptation.
At Cafe 6 FightThere was a fight scene between the two best friends after a funeral. It was an emotional scene and Dong Zijian (Guan Min-lü) dare not look at the playback. Austin Lin (Xiao Bo-zhi) who injured his arm during his previous fight scenes was aching badly during the shoot. But due to several hiccups, the actors were called back and the scene was reshoot three times.

 

Ouyang NiniFor this movie, social media personality Ouyang Nini cut off 25cm of her long hair. She was due for several publicity campaigns but due to news of her getting someone to replace her for her examinations and missing her gymnastics competition, her events were all cancelled.

Stephanie Sun theme songStephanie Sun was invited to sing the theme song 半句再见 for the movie. This was the second time she worked with Neal Wu. The first time was in 2011 when she sang the song “When Winter Night Begins” (当冬夜渐暖), and Neal Wu was the lyricist.

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At Cafe 6 (六弄咖啡館) is out in cinemas on 14 July 2016.

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41 Responses to At Cafe 6 (六弄咖啡館) Movie Review

  1. Stella_Maris says:

    The movie is very sad for me and leave me an impression that most pretty, smart girls are like her. She’s probably intelligent but I don’t like the part that she didn’t even do anything to make the relationship ease the burden. She made him carry all the burden i guess. He did everything so the relationship would work. Because he loves her. But she’s so self centered and selfish enough. But of course it’s just a natural thing because they were teenager that time and while his world is her, it turned out that Xin Rui’s world isn’t just him. As expected to a smart girl. But i still dislike her because he died and if only, only if she’s there for him, maybe he still have some will to live 🙁

    • Hi Stella, thanks for sharing with me your thoughts about this film… Did you stay through the movie till the after credits? There’s actually an after credits scene which might change what you think (just a lil)…
      I guess it really depends on how you look at it. If you realised, the director showed a lot from the angle of the guy, what the guy did, how hard he worked, but he did not really show what the girl did too, so it’s easy for us as audience to assume that she didn’t care enough. Here’s the story talks a lot about the way one expresses their love. The guy expressed his love by saving money and doing the company, but what the girl needed was a cuddle and comfort when she just got robbed, him putting some effort in appreciating the coffee she did, and them working towards the goals of going overseas together. But the guy was just happy in his routined life.

      And if you realised, the “break up” happened just before the news of his mum passing away. She could have tried to come back to him, but it wouldn’t really help because he wasn’t blaming her, but himself for not spending any time with his mum despite the calls she made, and just being obsessed with the routined working and dating. As for the part where they watched the fireworks, anyone will assume that he has more or less gotten over the passing… It would be pity not love if she remained with him…

      There’s a lot of maybes in this world, but the morale of the story was at the last part where his best friend narrate to the drenched lady… He could talk about it like a little story, but his friend won’t come back anymore, if only he had tried to open up instead of clamming up…

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  3. Rina says:

    I have question who Bho Zhi ended up with? at the end scence where he kissed his before he went off to the sea?

    Thanks

    • That’s the childhood girlfriend (good friend of Xin Rui). If you happen to have the movie, there’s a scene where he put down the letters, and the name on the letter is the wife’s name.

  4. charleea says:

    Hi there tiffany, if I can call you that.
    I want to share my unclear thought about the night scene where Xin Rui seems like running away from someone in an alley and then she called Min Lu while crying. Was that just a robery scene or something more happen to the girl? Like physical incident maybe?

    • Hi Charleea,

      Yes, she was being robbed. Her wallet was stolen. That’s all. So Min Lv was kinda half pissed and half exasperated because he rushed all the way down and it was her wallet being stolen. As for Xin Rui, she was touched that Min Lv came all the way down, and very disappointed when he wanted to leave after knowing she’s ok. I think what girls need is to be cuddled and comforted…

      • charleea says:

        Okay.. so that’s what happened. Because Xin Rui looks a bit pale there I thought I missed a detail. Thank you for sharing. It’s a nice movie tho.
        Btw, I am one of Giddens Ko’s fans and I have watched the 3 movies that you mentioned before. But this one’s also good, it has an unpredictabke ending. I am looking forward to Neal Wu’s next work

  5. Jeffry Hutomo says:

    So sad lu have to commited suicide here why can he do that
    Very sad

  6. Ansar Pebriansyah Saputra says:

    very suck movie…

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  8. Kawaii chan says:

    I dont get this
    [SPOILER ALERT]

    Did the lead guy died? and what made him die? he had this wonderful friend but he decided to die because his mom died and he neglected her and his gf was dumping him? i think this teach the youth a very bad lesson

    • Hi Kawaii Chan, yes he did (commit suicide).
      This was the reason why his friend told the girl this story. He wanted to let her know that some things which seems terribly painful now might become very insignificant later on. He didn’t want her to follow his friend’s path.

  9. Andy says:

    Firstly, thanks for the review.

    Think the last 1.5secs ended the story for Rui pretty well. The location is clearly someone in the city. In a high rise apartment. Meaning she has moved on with her life, but the mug shows she still is in touch with the school mates. And when she calls the cat Lu, it shows that she actually named the cat xiao Lu on her birthday. The day they broke up and text him “u are not here” and by naming the cat Xiao Lu, she is helping him full fill this wish to be “always there for her” like the msg the tape.

    Over all it’s a decent movie, but for me, half way through the movie I already expected the ending. Cause they totally forgot about the best friends romantic plot line, which means it’s likely to be him who got the “happily ever after”.

  10. Drexler Lim says:

    Excellent movie! Their silly signature moves cracked me up in the few instances it was performed, but towards the end when it was repeated, I could not laugh anymore….. it was painful.

    Another scene which left a deep impression on me was when he rushed all the way to her dorm travelling the long distance to check if she was okay (after she was followed by a man in the dark alley.) I think most men would be pretty clueless like me as in why she reacted so disappointed after what he has done for her. “后来我才明白,其实她并不是需要我做些什么,而是静静地陪在她身边就够了。” This sentence really make me 恍然大悟!

  11. nicol says:

    i usually don’t watch films with actors ive never heard of before. this sounds interesting though

  12. Jun Hao says:

    Hello, today me and my girlfriend went to watch this movie “At Cafe 6”.
    We had the whole theater to ourselves since it was a Monday afternoon.
    I can say it was really a good movie, and after which I went online to look for reviews regarding it.
    I came across yours, and find it well written but the thing is my girlfriend and I didn’t stay for the post credit which you mention that there are some more stories regarding the lead.

    Can you tell me what happen please ?

    • Hi Junhao, the post credit was a 1.5sec clip (which means very fast and short) of:
      the orange cat at a balcony, a back view of a girl holding up a mug that has “6弄咖啡馆” printed on it, and then black screen with a female voice saying… “嗨,小绿“ (Hi, Xiao Lv). -the end-

      So we can safely assume that the girl is Xin rui, and to answer the question Guan Min Lv asked her many years ago when she was given the cat, the name of the cat is still Xiao lv. So… she hasn’t forget him? Maybe.

      Hope this helps!

      • Jun Hao says:

        I see, thank you so much !!

      • Edd says:

        After watching the movie a few days ago , unfortunately I did not stayed for the end credit scene also. Concurrently I was searching for the movie reviews of At Cafe 6 and stumbled upon your review.

        So…

        I decided to watch the movie again with my girlfriend to check out the post credit scene. And of course I was quite confused as I thought the main character will appear , or there might be a wedding photo of him and Xin Rui. Instead a cat appeared and Xin Rui said Xiao Lui. Dayum.

        Nonetheless my curiosity has been answered but still , 14 bucks bro. I regret nothing!

        • Hey Edward, nice to hear that you supported the film again! Maybe try reading the novel to see if you can understand it more? Haha… the novel is available online!

      • Lester Moses says:

        Hi… not sure if correct….I believe the ending is actually Min Lu married Xin Rui as he placed the letters collected from the mailbox addressed to her on the table and walked in to kiss his wife who is Xin Rui. Thereafter he opened the box which he read the letter addressed to Bo Zhi about he missing the date… I assume that the letter was written just after he missed the date… the letter was not sent out… I assume this meant that he never had a chance to send out as Bo Zhi passed away in an accident shortly after… which is why he continue dancing by the sea a friend whom he missed….

        • Hi Lester, this was the inital misconception most people have. The letter was not Xin Rui, But Xin Yi (which was Bo Zhi’s crush & Xin Rui’s bestie). Their names both have a Xin, which might explain why you might have misread. I don’t think there’s any part showing Bo Zhi passing away, because the older guy is Bo Zhi. If the older guy was Min Lv, the flashbacks wouldn’t be off him but more of Bo Zhi.

          Also, if you’ve stayed till the end, there will be a short snippet showing Xin Rui saying “Hi Min Lv”. Assuming Min Lv is the older guy, and Xin Rui is that sleeping wife, that scene wouldn’t be necessary. 🙂 Hope this helps!

          P.S. If you read Chinese, here’s the link to the author’s final chapter on the novel. It explained how Guan Min Lv has committed suicide 10 years ago (so the letter was a suicide letter)…
          http://hiyawu.pixnet.net/blog/post/10292478-%E5%85%AD%E5%BC%84%E5%92%96%E5%95%A1%E9%A4%A8–(32)

  13. Bhushavali says:

    That sounds so beautiful. High school romance and seeing it aa flashback after growing up is all beautiful beautiful things…

  14. shubhadabhide says:

    Refreshing change compared to the usual sci-fi, action and horror movies. I remain the fan of those genre though.

  15. Pooja Kawatra Gupta says:

    I love these kind of romantic mushy movies and actors are really looking so cute.

  16. rochkirstin says:

    I think it can’t be helped for people to compare this film with You Are The Apple Of My Eye. The theme may be similar but Cafe 6 has a lot more cheesy and comedic dialogues.

  17. Zwitsy says:

    I am not familiar with any of the titles you have this movie compared to but I bet this one is interesting. Are they be availing this movie worldwide?

  18. Rebecca Laurèl says:

    I love this kinda movies! Reminds me of Cafe. Waiting. Love and You are the Apple of My Eye. Will have to catch this!

  19. franckxethee says:

    It looks like a feel good movie that chronicles friendship journey. This would really be a nice movie to watch.

  20. Roslinda says:

    Romantic comedy movie are my favourite. Just love to watch such movie.Would also try to watch it.

  21. Amanda Love says:

    I think we need romantic movies such as this, they are great in between the superhero movies and the horror movies as well. It’s such a mood booster when you watch something about love! I didn’t know this was from a novel! I enjoyed reading the movie facts!

  22. Elizabeth O. says:

    I am not familiar with the previous movies but it would be nice to see them as they sound really lovely. I like movies like this because they are refreshing and a good break from action or drama. It’s light and it’s nice to watch during the summer.

  23. Fred says:

    The movie does not seem to be something I would like to watch based on the photos. But wow, that rating of 4.5/5 does make it something I would try to see if I get the chance.

  24. Jason Panuelos says:

    I love how diverse the characters are and would love to catch this when I can! 🙂

  25. FX777 Classified Articles says:

    I loved romantic comedy even here in the Philippines because of its scope that carry humor. The alternate route to watch this kind of film depends greatly for the audience preference. Fernando Lachica

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