The Knot 云水谣

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Director: Yin Li
Starring: Chen Kun, Vivian Hsu, Li Bingbing, Isabella Leong, Gua Ahleh, Chin Han, Yang Kuei Mei
RunTime: 105 mins

Genre: Drama
Rating: PG
Will Appeal To: Aunties who crave for Chinese/Taiwanese soap

When you see names like Chin Han and Gui Ya Lei on the cast list, you should know what to expect. Entering the cinema without reading the production notes, I was unknowingly brought back to the past…

…The past when I would watch Taiwanese soap operas written by Qiong Yao (Zai Shui Yi Fang, Ting Yuan Shen Shen and the Six flowers series) where Chin Han is matched with every young sobbing newbie.

Chin Han has been 'promoted' to a father figure while Vivian Hsu and Chen Kun take over as the love birds in anguish. They play students Qiu Shui and Bi Yun (take note of their poetic names) who are torn apart due to different family backgrounds and political beliefs.

Please prepare your tissue as the young couple declare their love, tears rolling down while they cry out each other names (Qiu Shhuuuiiii… Bi Yuunnn….). Don’t forget the rain and music, exchange of love items and promise to stay true forever. Korean dramas, please step aside.

While the youths may wince at such mushy plot and cringe inducing dialogue, aunties will reminiscent the kind of soap dramas they used to watch. With confusing point-of-view flashbacks, and picturesque scenes of China and Tibet fade in and out constantly, I wished I had the fast-forward button.

The Knot – My mother may like

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