Despite a picturesque filming location and some quirky moments, this cartoonish Taiwanese film branded as an 'action rom-com' is strictly for fans of its popular leads.
S.H.E's Ella Chen stars as Ah Dan, a tomboyish role written obviously with the singer/actress in mind, her kung fu moves and brash attitude providing most of the film's comic relief. However, Ella handles the emotional requirements of the role with aplomb as well, her insecurities hidden by the façade of her stoic personality. It is also her interaction with veterans Zhu Lu-Hao and Pan Li-Li that proves the most affecting.
But the same cannot be said about idol drama mainstay, Mike Ho, who stars as Justin (not Bieber, as a character reminds). His brooding leading man status and single expression when emoting recalls his previous roles from 'Devil Beside You' and 'Why Why Love' (yes, they are real TV drama titles). Ironically, Ho only seems most comfortable when he is acting in the film-within-a-film as a romantic high school sportsman in the 1980s.
The slew of secondary characters is filled by a stable of likeable B-list actors that contribute their own comedic element to the film, ranging from the hunky Chris Wang taking a dig at himself by portraying an effeminate stylist, to Cape No.7's Ying Wei-Min as the mayor of the town that always seems to be trying too hard.
It is worthy to note that this was Ella's last film before she married her Malaysian beau this year, so it would not be a surprise if she begins to tackle more womanly roles in the future.
But for now, we have this effervescent film to remind us of her bubbly and loveable persona, and if you could look past the generic storyline, one probably could enjoy this light-hearted idol flick.