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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Ming tian ji de ai shang wo) is the second film from Taiwanese-American director Arvin Chen (Au revoir Taipei). It's billed as a romantic comedy, which is partially right. If anything, the movie is a carefully crafted drama that explores how honesty works (and doesn't work) in relationships. It's still funny, even if the slight waves of humor tend to come as an afterthought to the serious material.
Two couples meditate on what sort of love keeps them together. Weichung (Richie Ren, Exiled) and Feng (Taiwanese pop star Mavis Fan, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate) have been married for nearly a decade; they love their young son, and Feng is seriously considering having another child. Weichung isn't so sure, especially after a chance encounter with an old (and very out) pal (Lawrence Ko, Lust, Caution) reminds him that his wife doesn't know that he's gay. The film also follows Weichung's wild sister Mandy (Kimi Hsia) and her fiance San-San (Shih Chin-Hang), who split up just before their wedding.
Weichung cares for his wife and deeply loves his son, but he worries that coming out will ruin his life and irreparably damage the woman who loves him. The situation gets more complicated after Weichung meets a customer at his optometric center and feels attracted to the man—the first time he's really felt something like this in a while. Then there's Mandy and San-San. Mandy realizes that San-San is the embodiment of "normal" (and he really is), which terrifies her—is she actually settling down? With this guy? The movie poses questions about the promises people make when committing themselves to one another, and how often "doing the right thing" can cause a lingering wound to fester more.
Chen bounces back and forth between the two couples, eventually tying the stories together with a number of threads. The amount the serendipity that engulfs the plot by the end is astounding, but I thought it worked well—Chen has a light touch with how he handles this, especially when compared to the often overbearing nature of other romantic comedies. There's a restrained, subdued nature to the narrative that even projects into the film's soft color palette. There are some wonderfully weird bits, though. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? occasionally slips in some dream logic to lighten things up—Weichung's boss floating up to the clouds on his umbrella after his last day at work, a fourth wall-breaking karaoke sequence, and so on. (And my favorite—Mandy's favorite TV soap character coming to life to give her bad relationship advice.) These moments are whimsical and infrequent, so when they pop up it's a nice surprise. I think a lot of viewers are going to wish the film went a certain direction with one of the relationships (which I won't elaborate too much on), but—again—the movie exercises quite a bit of restraint with the narrative as well.
Film Movement's release of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? features a nice 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer that fills the screen with sharp pastels. There are also no noticeable artifacts or noise with the transfer. The Dolby 5.1 Surround and Dolby 2.0 Stereo tracks are also good; this is dialogue-heavy film, so while there's nothing particularly "wow"-worthy going on, the voices are clear and crisp, and channels are used well. The soundtrack is also mixed nicely. For extras, there's the standard Film Movement batch: cast and crew bios, two different trailers (2:18 and 1:14), an interview with Chen (7:05), and Arvin Chen's 2006 short film Mei (12:38).
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? is a well-made and quiet film, and I really like how thoughtfully it explores these complex relationships. The Film Movement release might not be packed with extras, but it's solid enough.
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