This light and simple story zooms in on growing up with a girl who all your best mates fancied. It is humorous, brings back childhood memories of puppy love and coming of age pain, and gives a glimpse of beautiful scenery, especially the countryside, of Taiwan. I suspect a lot of its appeal come from the cultural aspects, a collective memory of what it was like in those years, doing what was done, feeling what was felt.
I like the story. Everyone has a Shen Chia-Yi, a symbol of perfection unattainable, mesmerising you, so close yet so far, bringing you joy and regret, and at the end will not belong to you.
The director is a self-made online novelist. I see a good start to his filming career, although it is merely a start. A lot of the shot progression felt very poorly structured but the overall atmosphere of portraying one's own semi-autobiography was consistent.