In 2009, 28-year-old Li Zi Wei and 17-year-old Huang Yu Xuan met each other. Two innocent and unaffected lives that could each feel marks like ones of their past and present lives. However, they could not find sufficient proof to fill up the emptiness at the bottom of their hearts. An accident let them fall into another Mobius loop that had already happened countless times. Only then did they realize that in different times and spaces, they once had a deep, true love that had passed through countless timelines to search for each other with no regrets. But in that story, their deepest love came at the highest price. If they could start again, would they choose to meet by chance in ordinary life or be scarred by the memories etched in their heart and bones? Or perhaps they can choose to hurt and love all over again, betting on a different ending? based on someday or one day (2019)
Series is phenomenal, movie failed to have same effect
I absolutely loved the 2019 Someday or One days that predates this movie. It was prefect in it's plot, character development and acting. I watched it twice because of the complexity of the time travel element. With that, I was also very saddened when the series ended and wanted more. When this 2022 movie was announced, I was full of anticipation, thirsting for more of these characters and possible endings-sadly, and as I sensed, this movie was not at par with that of the series.
Here are elements that I feel that made the movie subpar and disappointment:
The series was a perfect story that meticulously weaved itself through time and came to a very good conclusion. As you watch the series, you become extremely invested in each of these characters and their story in through dimensions. The issue lies here in this: we want more because it's as such a well told story. At same time, due to it it being a completed storyline, it is hard to continue the story onwards without potholes being formed. The movie created a lot of plot holes and became so confusing that it became hard to follow.
All in all, I did enjoy the movie but it is disappointing in comparison to the series.
Reviewed by lehlioman-15 / 10
Should have left the drama series alone
Xiang Jian Ni was one of my favourite drama series in recent years. I was excited and intrigued when the movie was announced. I assumed that the leads signing on to the project meant some form of quality assurance.
In the end I was let down. The writers could not decide whether to write this for fans of the drama series or for new fans, and they settled for some kind of in between. It involves the same characters, same mechanism for time travel and same mystery involving someone falling off a building, but otherwise it is sort of a new story not connected with the original
A few glaring plot holes aside, I vaguely get this new-ish story, but it wasn't well executed. While I was rooting for the main couple to succeed in the series, here they just exist to service the plot lines. The script felt rushed, some explanations were left out, and one who have never watched the series would probably be quite lost midway with the jumping timelines and the multiple characters played by the same actors.
What saved the day would probably the actors, who are still charming to watch and really made the best out of this script that probably needed a few more drafts. Ultimately they should have just left the drama series alone.
Reviewed by sprayeddog-442635 / 10
Such a shame
Coming from how well thought out the tv series' plot is, and how the tv series is one of the best Asian TV series of the year, the movie is such a disappointment. To a point when I walk out from the theater, I couldn't help but feel the movie is all but a half effort cash grab leeching off the success of the original tv series.
From the get go the movie is obviously caught in a awkward dilemma of deciding whether it wants to be a standalone movie, or some sort of sequel / extension of the tv series. And I really don't know which one it is at the end of the movie, and it's a shame regardless which angle you're coming from, the movie is still a serious letdown.
The biggest culprit here is the story. The plot is extremely messy. Without spoiling the story, I'll say Act I is fine. It even has some nice fan moments. But in Act II and Act III the plot has created such a messy scenario that 1. Nobody can really tell what's going on anymore and 2. It's an impossible puzzle to solve. And finally in Act IV, without a real reasonable way to wrap up the story, the movie just makes up the most ridiculous and illogical ending. On a scale of 10 where 10 is a complete WTF, this rates fairly close to a 10 imo. While watching at the theater, I overheard the audience behind me saying 'if this is how the story ends im going to explode.'.... Unfortunately that's exactly how it 'ended'.
The pacing of the movie is fine. It feels dragged and slow in Act II, but it's mainly due to the weak and convoluted storyline. Acting is actually great IMO. Alice Ko especially stands out where if you're ever confused which character she's playing, it's because there's a plot twist. And there's no weak acting in this movie. And all this is such a shame. The actors do their best to make the characters believable, but there's no saving of this disastrous plot.
The only reason I gave it a 5 is there are a handful of nice fan moments to reward the fans of the tv series. Unfortunately those are all you will get out of this disappointing movie.