Who could ever forget the Taiwanese coming-of-age classic that launched the careers of Michelle Chen and Kai Ko, all while stirring the hearts of everyone across the world back in 2011? With its record-breaking success and the surge of remakes recently, we couldn’t help but wonder if You Are The Apple Of My Eye will also be getting its own reboot. And we’ve got good news: there’s now a Japanese version of the Giddens Ko-directed flick titled Ano Koro, Kimi Wo Oikaketa (Those Years, We Went After You).
Led by Yasuo Hasegawa, the highly-anticipated remake stars rising actor Yuki Yamada (Mischievous Kiss, Strobe Edge) and Nogizaka46 member Saito Asuka (Sakuran, Shoujo no Miru Yume) as protagonist Mizushima Kosuke and heroine Hayase Mai respectively.
Although no one can possibly take the place of Kai Ko and Michelle Chen’s iconic roles as Ko Ching Teng and Shen Chia Yi, we can’t deny that the casting team did an impeccable job at replicating their Japanese counterparts – it’s almost as if we’re looking at a parallel universe. Just check out their uncanny resemblance!
While the original story begins in 1994, the new version will be taking place in the 2000s instead. The setting has also been changed to Japan, but we’re glad to know that the production crew has kept most of the plot in place which means they have a lot of hype to live up to. Some scenes were even filmed in Pingxi, Taiwan for an additional dash of nostalgia. For the uninitiated, You Are The Apple Of My Eye chronicles the decade-spanning romance between a straight-A student and the resident class clown as they navigate adolescent angst and growing pains.
The film has since been released on 5 October. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if it will eventually make its way to local cinemas…