Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Ming tian ji de ai shang wo) (Capsule Review)

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“Mildly interesting.”

by Ken B.

In case you were wondering, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? does indeed borrow its title from The Shirelles’ song of the same name. A mildly interesting fact for a mildly interesting movie, to be sure. The moment that provides us with this evidence occurs in a scene where the character Feng (Mavis Fan) drunkenly sings the song at a karaoke night with her co-workers, fueled by her recent discovery of the events in her husband Weichung’s (Richie Jen) life up to that point. It’s one of the better scenes in this movie, thanks to both Fan’s performance and all of the bizarre visuals that take over as the song reaches its conclusion. While Arvin Chen’s film has a fair number of quirky moments or particularly well acted sequences to keep it from being a total waste of its 105 minutes, it’s often too little, too late to overpower the sluggishly paced field of half-baked approaches and ideas that make up everything else.

Feng and Weichung have been married for nine years. They have a son named Awan. Feng works at an eyeglass store, and one day, a man (Wong Ko Lok) walks into the shop looking for glasses. Weichung is immediately struck by him, and it reignites deep-seated gay feelings that he had buried away long ago. Recently, Weichung had been internally questioning this aspect of his life, which had been sparked after observing the lighter and more easygoing life of a gay wedding photographer named Stephen (Lawrence Ko) who was employed for the wedding of Weichung’s sister Mandy (Kimi Hsia) and her fiancé San-san (Chin-hang Shih), a relationship stricken by personality disagreements and general incompatibility to begin with, so it doesn’t come as surprising when the couple splits, which spins off into a weirdly threaded in B plot.

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’s central plot of a character in a heterosexual relationship becoming aware of their homosexuality isn’t anything new, and it has been dealt with in far more interesting ways in other movies (the same could be said about a lot of storylines, I suppose). The fact of the matter is that this movie isn’t really that interesting. It’s by no means bad, but it can be quite boring and uninvolving. This is a character-based story, and thanks to awkwardly slow plotting and little background to character’s histories (relevant things are mentioned in passing at best), you don’t care as much as you should.

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