My Missing Valentine Review: Liu Kuan-Ting And Patty Lee Search For Love In Whimsical Rom-Com
This Taiwanese rom-com received the most nods — 11 —at this year's Golden Horse Awards, including Best Picture.
Starring Liu Kang-Ting, Patty Lee
Directed by Chen Yu-Hsun
My Missing Valentine starts off as a mystery, with lovelorn post office worker Hsiao-Chi (Patty Lee) lodging a police report: she’s lost, er, a day. Turns out she’s supposed to be on a Valentine’s Day date but wakes up the following morning instead, with no memory of what happened. It’s as if the last 24 hours never existed. She suspects a weirdo customer with stalker vibes ( The Silent Forest’s Liu Kuan-Ting) — is behind this phenomenon. And let’s just leave it at that because any further description will spoil this offbeat Taiwanese rom-com with a paranormal slant that’s up for a handful of Golden Horse Awards — including Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. A breezy paean to lost loves and the passage of time, the movie is full of endearing moments and whimsical flourishes (a radio DJ named Pixel Man has his mug pixelised; a sagely human lizard in a dream sequence). But what really makes it combust are Liu and Lee, whose hilarious and poignant performances also bring an unexpected authenticity to the magical set-up. (****)
Photo: Shaw Organisation