Love in Num­bers

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Zhou Fu­jing Edited by Mark Zuiderveld

Ro­man­tic come­dies, in­clud­ing 77 Heart­breaks, 50 First Dates, 500 Days of Sum­mer imag­ine what re­la­tion­ships can be like, ac­cord­ing to a mag­i­cal num­ber.

Love is never an out­moded topic, whichever era we're in. It may last one day, a week, or 500 days and leave be­hind hap­pi­ness, heart­break, or fond mem­o­ries. Ro­man­tic films might be more mys­te­ri­ous and at­trac­tive as their ti­tles sug­gest. But with an added pre­fix of a num­ber, it may spur au­di­ences to imag­ine a juicier love story. Con­sider the films One Day, 77 Heart­breaks, 50 First Dates, 500 Days of Sum­mer and The 100th Love with You as choice ex­am­ples.

One Day

Dex­ter May­hew and Emma Mor­ley meet on the night of their uni­ver­sity grad­u­a­tion on July 15, 1988. It's love at first sight, and soon they spend the night to­gether, only to split the next day to go their sep­a­rate ways. They plan to spend July 15 to­gether ev­ery year af­ter that. They keep this prom­ise dur­ing the fol­low­ing 20 years and ex­pe­ri­ence life's ups and downs. They fi­nally find out that their “soul­mate” will al­ways be there. Ev­ery­thing seems to go well, yet their life is al­tered af­ter a traf­fic in­ci­dent.

One Day was adapted from English writer David Ni­cholls's novel of the same name and di­rected by Lone Scher­fig. It stars Anne Hath­away (Emma) and Jim Sturgess (Dex­ter). This clas­sic love tragedy chrono­log­i­cally re­con­nects these two lovers on that one day over the next 18 years.

Love is Not Blind

Twenty-seven-year-old girl Huang Xiaox­ian falls in love with his boyfriend for seven years. But, Huang Xiaox­ian ends the re­la­tion­ship af­ter wit­ness­ing his boyfriend on a date with her best friend. Heart­bro­ken, Huang shoul­ders huge pres­sure from the job. Luck­ily, she's helped by his col­league, Wang Xiao­jian, who she loathes and soon finds out is ac­tu­ally kind. She grad­u­ally heals and finds her Mr. Right 33 days af­ter break­ing up with her ex-boyfriend.

Di­rected by Teng Hu­atao, Love is Not Blind stars Bai Baihe (Huang Xiaox­ian) and Wen Zhang ( Wang Xiao­jian). It was adapted from an e-book writ­ten by Bao Jingjing, the film's screen­writer. Both its cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance and box of­fice suc­cess turned out to be much bet­ter than ex­pected since its pre­miere in Novem­ber 2011.

500 Days of Sum­mer

Tom and Sum­mer both work at the same com­pany and don't fall in love at first sight. Af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a sim­i­lar taste in mu­sic, they strike up a con­ver­sa­tion about love for karaoke, which sparks ro­mance be­tween them. Af­ter spend­ing five happy months to­gether, they break up, which leaves Tom dev­as­tated.

Tom is as­signed a new post as his sad­ness wors­ens. Months later, they both meet at a wed­ding party, with Tom want­ing to rekin­dle the re­la­tion­ship but no­tices Sum­mer's en­gage­ment ring. He later finds the en­ergy to reded­i­cate him­self

to ar­chi­tec­ture as Sum­mer wishes. In a job in­ter­view, he meets girl named Au­tumn.

500 Days of Sum­mer, di­rected by Marc Webb, stars Joseph Gor­don-levitt ( Tom) and Zooey Deschanel (Sum­mer). With a non­lin­ear nar­ra­tive, the film jumps be­tween Tom and Sum­mer's re­la­tion­ship in 500 days. With pow­er­ful mem­o­ries echo­ing a failed re­la­tion­ship, the per­for­mances and flash­backs have earned this film wide praise.

50 First Dates

Henry Roth is a vet­eri­nar­ian on the is­land of Oahu in Hawaii and dis­plays no in­ter­est to com­mit­ting to a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship with a girl. One day, he meets Lucy at a café. The next day, Henry comes back and Lucy is still there. On the third day, when Henry wants to con­tinue the topic from the pre­vi­ous day, he finds that Lucy has no rec­ol­lec­tion of ever meet­ing him. Lucy was in a se­vere car ac­ci­dent, leav­ing her with an­tero­grade am­ne­sia, so she wakes up ev­ery morn­ing for­get­ting events of the pre­vi­ous day. How­ever, Henry falls for Lucy, meet­ing her ev­ery day, as if it were their first date.

Each chance to meet on the first date is what makes 50 First Dates so orig­i­nal. Di­rected by Peter Se­gal and star­ring Adam San­dler (Henry) and Drew Bar­ry­more (Lucy), its tar­get au­di­ence are those who fall in love or those wait­ing for its ar­rival. Set on Hawaii's beaches, this gem of a film is one that au­di­ences won't for­get on the first date.

77 Heart­breaks

Eva is a lawyer who abruptly ends a 10year re­la­tion­ship with her boyfriend Adam, a kick- box­ing coach. Adam soon takes an­other girl Mandy home and has an af­fair. Mandy finds Eva's diary at Adam's home which de­tails the 77 times Eva had for­given Adam dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship. Adam knows he hurt Eva and apol­o­gises to her in pub­lic. Eva soon for­gives him. But, at Adam's home, Eva finds Mandy's be­long­ings. Will Eva for­give Adam once more?

77 Heart­breaks is di­rected by Her­man Yau and stars Char­lene Choi Cheuk-yin (Eva) and Pakho Chau Pak-ho (Adam). The film of­fers rea­sons as to why cou­ples break up, such as be­ing late for ap­point­ments, for­get­ting an­niver­saries, ex­ces­sive drink­ing, com­ing home late or dis­as­trous va­ca­tions.

The 100th Love with You

Aoi and Riku are child­hood friends at­tend­ing the same col­lege. They like each other, but never ex­press their feel­ings. They and other friends hold a live per­for­mance at the town's sum­mer fes­ti­val, but it doesn't go well. Aoi runs away from the venue and gets in a car ac­ci­dent while she walks about ab­sent-minded. When Aoi be­comes aware again, she finds her­self in a class­room one week be­fore the ac­ci­dent.

To save Aoi, time goes back a year ear­lier when they spent time to­gether as a cou­ple. But a big se­cret be­hind the time dif­fer­ence and that ac­ci­den­tal day is fast ap­proach­ing.

The 100th Love with You, di­rected by Sho Tsukikawa, stars Ja­panese artist and singer miwa and ac­tor Ken­tarō Sak­aguchi. A story tran­scend­ing time and place, the film fo­cuses more on the emo­tions be­tween lovers. Re­leased in Ja­pan on February 4, 2017, this cute film gar­nered high box of­fice suc­cess af­ter its pre­miere.

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