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I cannot believe it has taken me this long to finally write about this movie. Seriously, how long has it been since I got the DVDs? I believe I bought it (along with Spider Lilies and Candy Rain) all the way back in 2009. So that makes it more than 4 years!
Well, at the very least I have an idea why and that is because I did not like this movie that much when I first watched it, especially given that I watched Candy Rain and Spider Lilies at around the same time. Those two movies were straight forward and made complete sense to my then still green-bottomed self when it comes to yuri. I was into the clean yuri back then when unless girls looked adoringly into each other’s eyes or kissed or slept together, they wouldn’t be considered shippable! I was so young then.
So then Tuesday night I re-watch both Spider Lilies and this movie and I found myself getting embarrassed at how strongly I reacted to this movie back then. I remember that after it was over I hid the DVD so far in the closet that I wished to completely forget about it. Watching it again I realized why I did not like it that much in the beginning. The reason was that the ships were fucked up. You all know how I get when a ship I am supporting is not to be. Usually it is my fault but not this time. You only need to see the poster for this movie to know I was right in shipping Xiao-bu and Angel. Saying this you probably already can imagine what the movie had in store for them.
But it was not just this ship, the other one was also all over the place. Even after calming down and watching the movie again after a lot of experience I still couldn’t figure out what their deal was! This other couple is Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi (Or Amy as the semi-subs named her). But the ships were only part of the whole problem. The story telling and the direction was un-nerving and the system the director (Chi Y. Lee) chose to adopt as the flow of the story, jumping between future, present and past, was so frequent it hurt my brain.
But even as broken as it seemed, even as some might consider it just another art of direction, Beautiful Crazy is just as the title says – It is crazy no doubt about it but beautiful at the same time. I believe it needs a couple of watches to grow on people and there are some scenes that you will definitely want to revisit not to mention that the story is not one that you can grasp in a single run through. So I guess with that kind of thinking this is a great movie.
The story follows the lives of three girls whose lives are mysteriously intertwined but all have that same focal point and that is Xiao-bu. The story takes place in different timelines at the same time so it gets a bit hard to follow but like I said, a couple of watches and you will be on top of the game. I myself still need a few more to fully grasp it but for now what I know is that Angel and Ah-Mi are the future (ship), Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi are the present, and Xiao-bu and Angel were the past. So, when you see these different ships you should know right away where in the story this is taking place. The story is about these three girls’ connection to one another and feelings they hold for each other, mostly with Xiao-bu because she was the main catalyst and can be considered the main out of the mains.
Angel Yao as Angel
Chien-hui Liao as Ah-Mi
Amiya Lee as Xiao-bu
From that then our cast is as follows; Angel – who is my favourite character out of the three main girls, is played by Angel Yao. Xiao-bu is portrayed by Amiya Lee and Ah-Mi by Chien-hui Liao. I haven’t seen anything else from these three, be it before Beautiful Crazy or after so our acquaintance is limited to this movie. I like what I saw from all of them though so I doubt it was their first or last acting roles.
I have said it already but this movie’s flow is really confusing! It gets hard trying to place the scene you are watching and sometimes they only show you the end of the scene first before going back to it later and showing the earlier part of that same scene. This means that you can’t understand a scene until much later when you are shown the beginning of that scene but other scenes have already happened in-between so your brain struggles to reconnect with that broken thread of the story. This got really frustrating especially when they used it as a theme.
And so with that said, I am at a loss of how to approach this! Maybe I should follow the ships? I mean they do happen in different timelines of the story so that would make more sense but then there is the fact that Angel and Ah-Mi show up in each other’s timelines with Xiao-bu and that confuses things. Ah who cares, let’s get this thing rolling and let God do the judging.
Another fact I picked up about the story when I watched the movie a second time was that there was in reality one present. 99% of the story takes place in the past and that covers both Xiao-bu ships. Xiao-bu and Angel’s story actually a story told by Xiao-bu to Ah-Mi. Meanwhile Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi’s story was also actually a story told by Ah-Mi to Angel. Having spent most of the time in Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi part of the story, it seemed like it was the present especially when Angel showed up albeit without the two’s realising and her too unknowing that she was in close proximity with Xiao-bu. We do not find out that Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi’s story is also in the past until the last five minutes thus telling us that all of that was actually in the past.
It is kind of funny actually, the way their lives were so connected to the point of sharing love, though not at the same time thank the Lord. I really can’t stand threesomes. The only thing I hate more than 3P is snakes. When I see snakes, or when I ‘used’ to see snakes since I live in Ireland now and there are no snakes here (Thank you St. Patrick), this is me…
Through Xiao-bu’s story to Ah-Mi we get to see glimpse of what her relationship with Angel was like. I have to confess that saying her name reminds me of that Angel (Buffy) so this is pretty uncomfortable. Not as uncomfortably disturbing as Xiao-by and Angel’s relationship though. At first it seems like their closeness is all friendship and roses. They have their own special place in a cave that joins with the ocean. How beautiful is that? Best special places ever! They even spend their time in sunflower fields like they were A-list couple, were the only girls who smoked in their school too. They had everything, well, it seemed like they did anyway.
But then I had to remember that Xiao-bu was speaking in past tense and was forced to remember that opening sequence with her playing by herself in the sunflower field. Actually it looked more like she was searching for someone, someone who should have been there with her but wasn’t, as if she had been left there alone.
You all know how I have a habit of jumping the gun and shipping characters just from posters or trailers. It will not surprise anyone that I was shipping Xiao-bu and Angel before I started to watch this movie. Worse still, at the time my dislike for Threesomes was so strong that I really, really didn’t like Ah-Mi at all in the beginning. The fact that I thought she was twisted when I first watched this thinking that she was a total slut because of that last scene between her and Xiao-bu didn’t help her case any.
So, when I watched this movie and I was getting more bad than good in terms of Xiao-bu and Angel, I felt anger rise within me to the point that I expected the Emperor to show up and recruit me to the Dark Side of the Force! Maybe it was because the Xiao-bu and Angel scenes were from Xiao-bu’s perspective and thus she might have been the reason why but Angel came off as a villain in her story.
There is this scene which caught me so off guard since all the Taiwanese movies I had seen up to then were very tame (unless it was horror). The two were sitting on a swing. Angel sat facing Xiao-bu who was telling her a story about a Patrick with blue eyes (I think it was a cat or something). I still can’t comprehend why but Angel started to itch as she listened and watched an oblivious Xiao-bu. She then started to scratch that itch right there in the presence of her friend. At this moment in time I believe they were just best friends and nothing more. Angel starts to lose herself and probably begins to let out weird sounds too because Xiao-bu turns to her and then she notices that something is not right. Xiao-bu looks down and she finds Angel’s skirt pulled up, her hand under her panties. Her eyes struggle to stay open but she looks into Xiao-bu’s eyes intensely. Xiao-bu for her part looks lost at first at what she sees. I don’t think she believes it at first, that is until Angel takes Xiao-bu’s hand and replaces her own with it.
The two maintain eye-contact as Angel uses Xiao-bu’s hand to elate herself. There’s a shine to it which can be seen on Xiao-bu’s hand where she touched her. Xiao-bu’s expression changes when finally she finds that she is not waking up from the supposed dream. This was real! She was being forced (read rape, kind of) by her friend, out in day light and very so out of context! I would understand if Xiao-bu was telling her some kind of erotic story but she wasn’t! The look on Xiao-bu’s face then, Jesus. She looked so scandalised and so afraid! In the next instant she pulled her hand back and ran away from Angel to squat a bit away from her and the swing. She put her hands over her head as if blocking out what just happened as she repeated to herself about how Patrick was innocent and good. I totally felt for her.
But then we saw Angel back in her place, sitting there, the itch forgotten as she watches Xiao-bu. And what was very interesting was her expression that had absolutely no fucks to give! She looked resigned, like she had given up. This made me come to the conclusion that Angel had been in love with Xiao-bu for a long time. All the other moments between them made sense when I had this view in my mind.
For example there is this scene where they are in their special place in the cave and Angel is doing Xiao-bu’s nails (with the Black nail polish – remember this). Xiao-bu is holding a love letter that she reads to Angel. The letter was Angel’s given to her by some boy. Angel wasn’t even at all interested in it however and she told Xiao-bu to throw it away. Xiao-bu thought maybe she was bluffing and asked her to burn it herself. Angel did just that with a smile on her face.
That scene made me think the first time but I did not make the connection and then came the second time and I knew what it was supposed to convey. Remember, this is a movie told as a story by characters to other characters meaning that every scene shown was important. There is no way why they would just throw this in without significance. First of all we hadn’t seen Angel with a boyfriend or anything. Then only time we saw her with a man was in the pre-present during Ah-Mi’s story timeline. By then of course she was no longer with Xiao-bu.
What I am trying to say is that that was supposed to be a hint that Angel was not interested in Boys, or more specifically that she was interested in a certain girl. Was it directed at the viewer or was it meant for Xiao-bu, that I am not sure of, maybe both? Either the signs were everywhere that Angel liked Xiao-bu. Now here is where I might defer from other watchers where I believe that Xiao-bu too loved Angel but she was just a normal girl, afraid of admitting what that actually meant and what loving another girl would bring.
Now I am not sure why exactly as we don’t get to learn of Xiao-bu’s private life for some reason so I can’t say that it was family matters or because of something that happened previously in her life. We do get to see Angel’s family life and we also get to learn of Ah-Mi’s but not Xiao-bu’s for some reason. Her family life was shrouded in secrecy which is strange especially when you think that she is the main among the main characters. So I can’t tell why she was so afraid of admitting her other side. Now of course she had a boyfriend but it was so obvious that she preferred the company of girls and this was made clearer during Ah-Mi’s story in particular when they went to the park on that threesome (bleh) date.
I kind of understand why Angel got rekt because she was the one that made Xiao-bu start to realise this side of her so while I don’t like it that she was collateral to Xiao-bu discovering this other side of her that might like girls (really she does, that ending told me all I need to know but I understand there are still those that demand spoon feeding in this world) so I am using the ‘might’ word. I understand but I don’t like the fate that befell Xiao-bu and Angel’s relationship. Worst still is the fact that if I think that the breakup with Xiao-bu was the reason why Angel turned into a sl…someone that sells their body I am really not liking their fate one bit.
Angel’s life was already fucked up, what with her father always sitting at home in that damned chair, never moving, always smoking and drinking…Seriously, there is this one time where Angel forgot to take the house keys with her when she left and only realised it when she got back. She tried to get her father’s attention through the window but he did not see her. It wasn’t because she was out of view (then being on a higher floor of the apartment building) of her father but rather that he did not see her. His eyes were open but he was seeing a dream of, I think, his past life before he turned into a drunkard. But then when Angel finally has had enough and rails on him, when she leaves in tears her father finally shows emotion when he two cries. That hit me hard then I remembered that he was a drunk and smoker but he never actually abused Angel so he was a good guy which made me wonder what the hell happened to make him that way. Knowing this maybe Angel was already into that shady business in order to support herself and her father but even so, I believe that her relationship with Xiao-bu did a great deal for her, if even to just make her happy and give her a smile in this fucked up world of hers. Maybe if Xiao-bu had returned her love Angel might have decided to cherish herself more instead of getting into business relationships with older men for money.
By the way, one of those men was Ah-Mi’s father.
And I will just leave that bomb I dropped for now for I wish to talk about the way that their relationship ended, I mean Xiao-bu and Angel. Ever since Xiao-bu had found out about Angel’s feelings (the swing scene), they hadn’t been on the greatest of terms. Xiao-bu didn’t share cigarettes with Angel, they got into fights and probably had a lot other awkward moments that we did not get to witness because they were nit-picked. I think this was on Xiao-bu alone because from what I understand Angel decided to continue on as if nothing had happened and acted like she used to but Xiao-bu was just too majorly affected.
One time in their special place, Angel is by herself, playing a game meant for two by her lonesome and in walks Xiao-bu. She has a coin with her and you won’t believe this. She uses the coin to decide the fate of their relationship. She uses a frikkin coin like she was Two Face frikkin Harvey Dent or something! Heads they stay together, tails they go their separate ways. I literally said ‘you can’t be serious’ to the screen during this scene!
They don’t show the outcome, well actually they do because as Angel leans over to have a closer look at the coin, her wig catches fire on the candle she was holding up and in panic to put the fire out, Xian-bu knocks the coin over and it rolls down and into the waters beyond leaving the two without an answer but really, we can all guess what it was seeing as they are not together during this narration! Seriously, even if it had been heads, if I were Angel I would have been very angry at Xiao-bu for deciding their fate in such a demeaning way! Now sure she loved Xiao-bu and probably would have loved her despite the fact had they stayed together and I understand that – love making fools out of people and all that but still! I mean come on, who decides to love someone with a toss of a coin?! Yeah, she totally knew staying with Angel meant dealing with Angel’s feelings so this was more than just deciding friendship.
But as we all know, the Universe works in a certain way and Xiao-bu found this out when she befriended a certain seemingly shy girl Ah-Mi.
As we know this movie is told in story mode. It opens with Xiao-bu telling her and Angel’s story to Ah-Mi her friend and roommate and somewhere in the middle, the story-telling turns from Xiao-bu to Ah-Mi as she tells her story with Xiao-bu and Xiao-bu’s boyfriend. It is hard to tell exactly where Ah-Mi’s story begins and you find out almost at the end that somewhere the story was in her perspective and not from Xiao-bu’s anymore. Her story she is telling it to Angel.
The way this movie’s characters are connected is very genius! I am not very sure, but I doubt that Ah-Mi knows who Angel is in either the case of her father or where Xiao-bu is concerned. When she tells Angel about Xiao-bu it is as if talking to both a stranger who and someone who knew of Xiao-bu. I very much doubt she knew of her father and Angel. She did know that he was seeing other women but not that it was Angel.
Then there is Xiao-bu’s boyfriend (whom she got after she separated with Angel, thank the Lord) but while he came off as more of a for show boyfriend since you never actually see them do something couple-like together he was still referred to as her boyfriend. But like I said, all characters were connected and this boy had a history with Ah-Mi. Once during their school days he saw this girl dancing at the dance machine outside a games shop. I took these scenes and the reveal later to mean that the girl had been coming there a lot and danced on that machine after school and the boy would come and sit across the street and watch her dance. He probably fell in love with her then. But maybe he never saw her face because he did not recognise Ah-Mi until later on their date.
Later when the three go on that triple date of some kind (Ah-Mi, Xiao-bu and the boyfriend), There is a dance machine at the amusement park and when Ah-Mi leaves the two to go dance, the boyfriend gets a flashback to those times he used to watch a mysterious girl dance outside that shop and it hit him, Ah-Mi was that girl. We all should know what happened next, right? Boyfriend falls for Ah-Mi! This started a ripple that turned into a tidal wave!
But before that let’s reverse to the moments between Ah-Mi and Xiao-bu that mostly took place on their day out with the Boy. Or maybe they were multiple days out which makes my eyebrows rise even more because, why?! Why do the three always go out together (if it indeed was more than once)?! Never were we shown Xiao-bu and Boyfriend by themselves except the very first time they met. In fact I actually thought that they were just friends, the three of them and that the tension was because Ah-Mi loved Xiao-bu who loved Boyfriend who loved Ah-Mi thus creating the tension.
But we find out that he and Xiao-bu were an item, somehow, and that he fell in love with Ah-Mi despite this and Ah-Mi even kissed him back after he had kissed her, behind Xiao-bu’s back and if we are to take what Ah-Mi said to Xiao-bu that she had done with Boyfriend, then she slept with him too, despite being Xiao-bu’s boyfriend.
And there I go again getting lost in my own thoughts. Anyway it was shocking that he was Xiao-bu’s boyfriend because Xiao-bu looked more in love with Ah-Mi, or Ah-Mi looked more in love with Xiao-bu than both did with the Boyfriend. On their date Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi would walk together, hand in hand with the boy left to trail. They would flirt right in front of him. Hell, Xiao-bu looked more affectionate with Ah-Mi than she had done with Angel, which as I said, made me hate h-Mi at first with a passion! She was a damn villain who not only replaced Angel but also betrayed Xiao-bu. But that was the first watch, later I was not so sure about her.
On the Ferris wheel on their threesome date, Ah-Mi and Xiao-bu are sitting together. Ah-Mi says that she has something to show Xiao-bu. She reveals her black-polished nails to Xiao-bu who immediately recognises the polish as hers. This is complimented with that love letter scene in their special place where Angel was working on Xiao-bu’s feet nails. That was the polish that Angel was using. Note – that polish belonged to Angel! And yet for some reason it was in Xiao-bu’s possession and she referred to as hers. Then there was the ring that had to belong to Angel as well because we get a transition to Angel looking at her currently ring-less hand in Ah-Mi’s father’s car.
Next Ah-Mi shows the bra she was wearing to Xiao-bu who looks less happy about that than she did the nails. She asks her where she got it and Ah-Mi says from her. At this we get another flashback to one of the few good times where Angel and Xiao-bu went swimming and yet again we find out that the owner of that bra was Angel because she was the one wearing it that time. Angel was the fashionable of the two and she did not look like the type to borrow from Xiao-bu and more like it was the other way around so then this means that for some reason, Xiao-bu had Angel’s bra with her.
And once again Ah-Mi, be it fate or some other kind of karma, had picked out something that belonged to Angel to wear on this day! This reveal did things to me! They could have chosen any other thing to do but they chose to show us Xiao-bu owning a lot of Angel’s stuff despite the two having separated at a very bad note and yet Xiao-bu seemed to have a great deal of attachment to these items. How was that polish still available? Why does she still have it? Why does she still have Angel’s bra?!!
The only conclusion I could come up with was that she actually was more obsessed with Angel than probably Angel was her. Sure Angel did something about it and in doing it made her seem demented but what of Xiao-bu and these items?! And we only found out about these because Ah-Mi had decided to borrow them without her permission. Just think of how much more of Angel’s belongings does she have?! Did Angel did give those things to her? And if she did, why hadn’t Xiao-bu returned them after their break-up? Let’s assume that she had borrowed them as a friend. There was no need to still keep them! Did she…help herself to these things without Angel’s knowledge? I doubt Angel would give things she had used to Xiao-bu as a gift, especially a bra!
Back to the date, Xiao-bu was so disturbed by this that she moved away from Ah-Mi’s side and went to sit in the opposite seat by her boyfriend, the only couple-ish thing they did in the whole damn movie, I kid you not!
That reaction was too extreme and Ah-Mi was shocked by it so was Boyfriend because he asks her what was wrong but even more telling Xiao-bu doesn’t give him an answer. Meanwhile Ah-Mi on the opposite seat is looking so sad and pained as she looked upon the two. Oh yeah, this was before the Boyfriend finds out about her so they don’t have that attraction yet meaning that all the feelings in this scene were directed at Xiao-bu.
But equally as interesting was the fact that Xiao-bu was finding out that she was faced with the same scenario as with Angel. Let’s assume that she was innocent and only wanted to have a friend. Then seeing this scene she would think of that one time that Angel did that thing and thus having the same cloud of doom about to befall her in the form of yet another weird friend in Ah-Mi. But Ah-Mi had not meant anything bad by it. If I understood anything about her from her brief history peak, she wasn’t great at making friends and Xiao-bu was probably her first friend so she might not have meant anything bad by this. Hell, even Boyfriend didn’t see anything wrong and I only saw something wrong because I am a frikkin pervert!
But then here is where things get interesting. If we are to take the scenes of this date in flow as they appear then we know that actually the two get closer and even at one point go on a date by themselves without Boyfriend. We see a different Xiao-bu that we only knew from when she and Angel were still best buddies but even then there is this sense of intimacy between Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi. That scene at the sea coast is the one I am talking about and in fact the one that closes the movie. The Xiao-bu during that time was one that Ah-Mi remembered the most and probably the time when she fell in love with her.
But then we remember, these are all past tense stories and shit hits the fan on Ah-Mi’s birthday – in the case of Ah-Mi and Xiao-bu’s story of course. In the middle of doing laundry (both hers and Xiao-bu’s as they are roommates) there comes a knock but it is not why Ah-Mi was expecting. It is the Boyfriend. She tells him that Xiao-bu is out but if he wanted to wait he could go in but. The Boyfriend tells her that he only came to drop off something, a cake, and Ah-Mi thinks that Xiao-bu had given it to him to deliver it for her. Seriously, Ah-Mi had Xiao-bu on the brain.
But Boyfriend instead tells her that Xiao-bu did not know that he was there. Her reaction tells everything when she realises the implications of those words. I don’t think they exchange another word after that and boyfriend turns to leave. As he descends the stairs she stumbles upon a party hat and we all know who it belonged to.
Ah-Mi goes up to the roof to hang her clothes and there she finds Xiao-bu who is gaffing down the cake she had gotten for Ah-Mi. That hat was hers and as if we were not wise enough to figure that out, the movie goes and shows us what happened this time in Xiao-bu’s perspective. Apparently she is destroying the evidence by eating the cake by herself in her misery. What is not clear though is why? Was it really because she was mad at her boyfriend cheating on her? No, I don’t think so because Ah-Mi was innocent and thus for all she knew Ah-Mi did not feel the same way about Boyfriend so there was no need to jump the gun. And most of all this was not the first time she suspected. That time that Boyfriend found out that Ah-Mi was the girl he loved as she danced on the machine, Xiao-bu had seen him looking and the look on her face said that she knew what was going on and yet even knowing that she had gotten a cake anyway so it wasn’t just the Boyfriend.
Things were much more complex.
Meanwhile Ah-Mi when she sees Xiao-bu, who did not see her, leaves everything, the clothes, the basket, there on the roof and struggles to get away with feelings heavy in her heart because she knew that Xiao-bu had seen what had happened earlier! Who reacts like that?!
But then something else happened which confused me to no end. Later than day they have the food laid out and the girls wait for Boyfriend to show up. Xiao-bu tells Ah-Mi that she could eat if she was hungry and Boyfriend would join them later but Ah-Mi still waits. Ah-Mi then gets a call on her moby. She acts pretty suspicious but what she tells Xiao-bu is that it was the landlord and that she would go see him to pay the rent.
What she was actually doing was meeting Boyfriend who had been the one calling her. He kisses her out of the blue and I am ready to throw something for him to dare force himself on our, sorry, Xiao-bu’s innocent Ah-Mi! But then Ah-Mi does something that sends my heart stopping! After a moment of seriously damage silence, she leaps forth and kisses Boyfriend back!
Oh the horror!
Dear Readers, you have no idea what seeing this scene for the first time did to me! My sister had to break into my room to ask what in the name of all that is Holy was wrong with me! I was so furious at being deceived as such! And for some reason Boyfriend got the guts to go to that dinner right after that, to eat with Xiao-bu after he had done that! Ah-Mi had of course skipped out on that dinner because, um, hello! At least she had common sense but even then I was too mad to even care.
Back at dinner Xiao-bu asks Boyfriend if he had seen Ah-Mi on his way. He says that yeah, he had seen her going down stairs. Xiao-bu says that she said she went to pay the rent. Boyfriend says that she saw her hand it to the landlord. But Boy, you said you saw her going downstairs but nothing about seeing her meeting the landlord!
Xiao-bu says that she had paid the rent that morning.
Yeah, there was no way in hell that he was getting out of that one! Not even the Devil himself could get his ass free from that! The point though was the calm way that Xiao-bu was having that conversation. She of course knew, it was just a way to let Boyfriend-no-more know that she knew.
Needless to say, the conversation that Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi have next was their last one, I think. Well it was for the movie but as for their story, not so sure, then again seeing as this was Ah-Mi telling the tale, well. But more on this later.
Back to Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi’s conversation later that night on her B-Day, Xiao-bu is sitting on the window seal as she smokes. She watches Ah-Mi who is sitting there on a chair as she draws something. The two start talking which turns into a question and answer as Xiao-bu asks Ah-Mi why she borrowed her things without asking for her permission first. She asks her if she had told her she could borrow her nail polish, her bra (but they are not yours Xiao-bu). She asks her if she had told her she could borrow her boyfriend!
Then the movie turned even stranger totally out-doing that moment with Angel on the swing when Xiao-bu asks Ah-Mi if she had slept with him. Then she demands details which Ah-Mi gives in all of their frame by frame rundown! You will have to watch the movie yourself to fully grasp how crazy this talk was. If you think ‘50 Shades of Nope’ had hard-core dialogue you are still too pure for this one! Ah-Mi graphically relays what happened during their ‘sleep’ together but it was all pure bullshit and I will explain this in a moment.
Ah-Mi tells all the details and while she says this, there are tears in her eyes. But what are these tears for? Though it might have come off as rape, it wasn’t because Ah-Mi was the one that started everything and was in fact into it from what she said so it was mutual, if it did indeed happen. So what were the cause of these tears?! Either ay Xiao-bu listens to what Ah-Mi has to say until she is finished and is repeating those last words over and over and then this happens!
Xiao-bu literally leaps from the window and the next moment she is kissing Ah-Mi!
I was like, WTF!?!
Where did that come from?!! Why now when your friend has just admitted at having slept, in total graphical detail I might add, about having slept with your Boyfriend!?! Why?! After she kisses Ah-Mi, Xiao-bu high tails it out of that room like there was a bomb scare going off in the building! And then there was Ah-Mi’s reaction! My God!
Beautiful Crazy is the title of this movie and I don’t think that they could have picked a better title if they tried! That kiss from Xiao-bu broke everything and said volumes at the same time! And if we take it that this happened on the very same day, in fact the very same night that Ah-Mi and Angel meet, this becomes even crazier of a story than it already was. But Ah-Mi and Angel are the last ones so let me finish off Ah-Mi and Xiao-bu first.
At first while it would seem that the calm way that Xiao-bu took the knowledge of the affair going on, or she thought was going on between Ah-Mi and Boyfriend would otherwise be in her character of being an innocent and quiet one, somewhat, with that kiss I saw a different side of it. She was quiet about the affair because things were complicated. She had feelings for both people, though from what we saw she felt more for Ah-mi than boyfriend, so it was more about being at a loss of how to approach the situations and less about being kind.
And back to that kiss…By the way let me just say that I was very sad and heart-broken to see that Xiao-bu kissed Ah-Mi instead of Angel but then I think that she even managed to kiss Ah-Mi in the first place because Angel showed her what she could be and now is! She was just too afraid and still knew to the knowledge at the time to be brave enough to go deeper with Angel so I guess I am a bit okay with that. But the first time when Ah-Mi was an enemy this fact did not sit at all well with me.
Anyway, even if she really loved Ah-Mi there is no way any sane person would have kissed her in that moment had they been in Xiao-bu’s position! She had just admitted to not only seducing Boyfriend but also sleeping with him and from her description it was in no way innocent! The malice toward Ah-Mi in that moment would have out-weighed any love, well, at the very least in that moment.
And so then here comes my understanding of this scene. I took two facts into account as I thought of this one being the kiss and another the tears and feelings of devastation in Ah-Mi eyes as she told Xiao-bu what she wanted to hear. I repeat, as she told Xiao-bu what she wanted to hear.
First off there is no way that Xiao-bu would have kissed her if what she was saying was the truth! Unless Xiao-bu was actually as demented as I at some point believed and was into some dark things I just can’t believe she would have kissed Ah-Mi if she did not know that Ah-Mi had been lying! So, why do I think that she was lying?
First of all, this is the birthday! The two, or Ah-Mi had only discovered Boyfriend’s feelings towards her that day! Even if he was the horniest person alive, I don’t think that Boyfriend had any feelings of sleeping with Ah-Mi after finding out that her ‘girlfriend’ knew he had feelings for her best friend and that he had been seeing her behind her back! Anyone would go straight home and reflect after that fact.
Next, when did this sleeping take place? After the kisses Ah-Mi had ran off somewhere and Boyfriend was eating hat had to be the most uncomfortable dinner ever with Xiao-bu. There is no way those two slept together between then and later that night. So then, what was up with Ah-Mi and her graphical depiction?
Well, I think that it was her way of answering Xiao-bu’s ridiculous question of whether the two had slept together. What she described was something out of a stupid pron movie without even a plot! There was no way a girl like Ah-Mi was that deranged and those tears were testimony to that and I believe that Xiao-bu understood this and much more hence the kiss!
Finally, Ah-Mi loved Xiao-bu and I knew this towards the end as she told her story to Angel and described that moment that Xiao-bu was like an Angel (lol Ah-Mi, you have no idea). You could clearly hear it in her voice, the awe and love she felt for Xiao-bu and how she wishes Angel could have seen that Xiao-bu. And so that is how those two’s story ends, or not, because as I said, Angel and Ah-Mi meet on Ah-Mi’s birthday and it is later in the night with the ice-cream shop (where the two were going) being closed. And thus begins the Angel and Ah-Mi’s thread of the story.
Unless this takes place a year later, and Ah-Mi is still so depressed about it that she thinks of it and craves ice-cream to drown her sorrows months later, then this takes place the same night! Xiao-bu left the room (and presumably the home) right after kissing Ah-Mi leaving a lot of things in the grey and needing talking about. This would have meant that everything was kind of okay, well, complicated but not as bad as they could have been. All the two need to do is talk and now knowing that the two loved her, Ah-Mi would have to make the choice between the two.
But that is just the first theory. There is the fact that Ah-Mi was speaking as if it was over, as if that was all in the past (a year before?). She spoke as if she had lost Xiao-bu! And so then let’s take this thread of the story and think about what this means.
This was Angel and Ah-Mi’s first meeting. They meet at the ice-cream shop where Ah-Mi’s father had brought the both of them to, separately of course. She brought Angel as a mistress and Ah-Mi as a daughter. When with Ah-Mi her father mentions that he had been at the place once with someone else. Ah-Mi guesses that it was not her mother but another woman and thus finding out that her father was sleeping around but she forgives him when he shows sorrow, even though he again does it still with other women when Angel calls him earlier that very day to take her out only to see that he was with another woman.
And so Angel had come alone, after getting completely smashed in the process. Meanwhile Ah-Mi had gotten the same thoughts because this was her day and she remembered the shop that her father had taken her to that one time that he spared some time for her. It is late though and the shop is closed. Ah-Mi finds Angel there outside and the two get acquainted and before you know it they are already resting back to back and Ah-Mi is telling her story about a certain girl that changed her life to Angel, a complete stranger.
Now like I said this story is not linear and the movie had a habit of showing something only to explain it sometime later so while you see all these scenes with Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi you don’t know that it is a story being told to Angel but Ah-Mi until towards the end with just a few minutes left. Ah-Mi tells this stranger a story about Xiao-bu but what she doesn’t know is that Angel was the one in the story that Xiao-bu had told her that one time. What happened after that? Ah-Mi and Angel seemed very close for two people who had just met and too open!
Let’s say that they are complete stranger and that there is no twist in there where the two conspired to take revenge on Xiao-bu! For them to hit it off right then, to meet at such a place, that is no coincidence! That is fate, meaning that these two have been brought together, un-knowingly, by their connection to Xiao-bu. Both Ah-Mi and Angel are very lonely people, from the brief glimpse we are given into their lives they need someone in order to move forward but Xiao-bu was just too different from them. She lived in a different world from the one they knew. When they tried to pull her into their world they almost broke, the both of them but they had found each other.
Thus I believe that the ending of the movie was just the start of Angel and Ah-Mi’s story. And even if we take the other side of the story where Angel already knew Ah-Mi and the two set up this conspiracy to assert revenge on Xiao-bu, a la ‘The Convent’, then that would mean that these two were already close but then they would know Ah-Mi’s father and the connection to each other so…
Still, the promotional photos hint at this ship and since we saw from the first two that the movie was stories about loved ones to loved ones then the possibility of Angel/Ah-Mi is there and strangely, it is actually now my favourite ship! I know what you are thinking! It hasn’t even been shown except hinted at but some things just click and this ship clicked!
And the way despite being totally drunk out of her mind, the way Angel was comforting a crying Ah-Mi was just so, hanyan! Let’s not forget that she was the only one who actually congratulated and even sang the birthday song for Ah-Mi! And there is this dialogue towards the end where we still hear Ah-Mi crying while we are shown her and Xiao-bu playing on the beach and Angel is telling her ‘Give me a smile’, ‘Keep smiling’ and I just know that she is caressing her still throughout all this and I am wondering why the heck did they not show us this?!! Like Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi hadn’t taken most of the screen time already damn it! Oh well, no crying over spilled milk, eh?
So yeah, I apologise for having waited so long to bring my thoughts on this movie but the first time it didn’t go well when I watched it! I would like to think I am mature enough now so I decided to re-watch it and then post about it. Sure I still jump ships before I even watch them in motion but hey, some habits never die.
And of course I already own the DVD so this is already in my collection, albeit with more love this time around so all I can do is recommend to those that haven’t seen it yet.
Well then, here is a repost of the gallery to keep you entertained until next time…