Love in Numbers
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.
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.
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.