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(aka "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" or "Ming tian ji de ai shang wo" )

 

directed by Arvin Chen
Taiwan 2013

 

A drama about repression and escapist fantasy WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? - named after the The Shirelles' song which becomes the centerpiece of a wonderful karaoke-fueled fantasy sequence late in the film - couches its concerns in the guise of a romantic comedy to the point that it winds up being a pleasant diversion rather than a fully-satisfying character piece. Optometrist Wei-chung (Richie Ren, FIRE OF CONSCIENCE) and office worker Feng (pop singer Mavis Fan) have a rather humdrum life together. Feng's mother (Yu-Shan Kao) and a fortune teller starts pushing her to have a second child to restore the balance in her life, she thinks it may indeed be more fulfilling than her job which she may lose to a merger. Unfortunately, Wei-chung isn't so enthusiastic in the bedroom after having run into old friend Stephen (Lawrence Ko, LUST, CAUTION), the reminder of his gay past who is now serving as photographer for his pushy sister Mandy's (Kimi Hsia) impending nuptuals to nice-if-unromantic San-San (Chin-Hang Shih). When Mandy freaks out about what she sees as a monotonous future, she abruptly calls off the wedding (with the encouragement of a character from a Korean soap opera). While Stephen and his gay friends try to help San-San win Mandy back, Wei-chung and Feng separately reexamine their relationship and explore possibilities with other partners; but, will reality fall short of their romantic fantasies?

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 3 April 2013 (Taiwan)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:45:56
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.88 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Mandarin/Min Nan/Korean/English Dolby Digital 5.1; Mandarin/Min Nan/Korean/English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with director Arven Chen (16:9; 7:04)
• Theatrical Trailer 1 (2:18)
• Theatrical Trailer 2 (1:14)
• Biographies
• Short Film
• About Film Movement
• Film Movement Trailers:
• - 'Tanta Agua'
• - 'Watchtower'
• - 'In the Name of...'
• - 'The Piano in a Factory'
• - 'Hospitalité'
• - 'The Drummer'

DVD Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Film Movement's dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic presentation looks okay but not spectacular on DVD (the film is meant to look rather drab apart from the daydreaming and nightclub scenes). The film's sound mix is rather intimate for the most part, but comes to life during the aforementioned daydreams - particularly Mavis Fan's karaoke scene - and the nightclub scenes; as such, the 5.1 track is the recommended listening option (the 2.0 sound mix is sufficient for stereo listening but sounds recessed when upmixed). The optional English subtitles are free of errors (the disc also includes closed captioning for those whose systems still allow for it).

While some Film Movement titles are skimpy on extras apart from bios and the ubiquitous bonus short film, WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? includes a short interview with the director. Raised in California, he discusses his decision to shoot films in Taiwan (following an apprenticeship in that country) and how Taiwan's cinema is stuck in between art film and mainstream (as well as his own films). The short film this time around turns out to be one of his works rather than one that is merely thematically relevant as on some of the company's other releases. Besides bios, the trailer, and six trailers for other Film Movement titles (three of which also appear as start-up promos), the disc's inside cover also includes a paragraph statement from the director and another paragraph from the company about why they chose the film.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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