Wow. I can’t believe it’s been two years since the last time I wrote about youth drama, The Left Ear (左耳). As a refresher, it’s adapted from a Chinese novel about teenage love and regrets written by Rao Xue Man. It was adapted before into a movie featuring Yang Yang and Sandra Ma in 2015. The drama version features a wagon of pretty faces and let’s hope for more emotional beats with depth and developments.
In light of the drama version news, I finally sat down to watch Alec Su‘s directorial debut of the movie adaptation and I’m left emotionally unmoved. The plot moved so quickly without a moment for the characters to breathe and for repercussions to sting, leaving me without a connection to the characters. It didn’t help that the characters were pretty unlikable. Lol. I think a drama version would’ve been better road to take. The Left Ear is a Chinese novel about teenage love and regrets written by Rao Xue Man. Our heroine, Li Er, is a 17-year old high-school student with a deaf left ear. She has a crush on the top kid at school and befriends a rebellious bar girl of the same age. Her world takes a turn when the said bar girl is tasked by the boy’s half brother to ruin him. The bar girl accomplishes her mission but at a great price.