致我們終將逝去的青春 (So Young) (Blu-ray release 2013-10-31) is an adaptation of a Chinese romantic drama novel, telling the stories of several women and men who met in a college. The first two acts are pleasant to watch, as they mostly consist of romantic comedies. However, the final act takes the movie in a different direction. Its story telling is competent. It focuses on two protagonists, supplemented with sub-plots involving other supporting characters. Although the supporting characters naturally have less screen time, their stories do not feel any less complete.
What makes this movie unique is that this story is strictly Chinese. It cannot work in Hollywood. It even cannot work in Hong Kong. For example: when someone gets pregnant, the immediate reaction is get some money to have an abortion. No discussions. No reconsideration is required. No remorse. Everybody automatically understands this is necessary. In this story, this is as natural as a reflex action, because abortion is really prevalent in China due to its one-child policy. In addition, some characters take a materialistic approach in making decisions concerning their romance. This cannot be more true in modern China.
Although this movie is well made, especially considering its first-time director, it is too depressing for me.