Declare love with a ring
Confirm it with a kiss
Then Seal it with flesh and blood
A few months back, if there are some of you here that follow me on tumblr, you might perhaps remember that I was whining about how Taiwan wasn’t delivering any more goodies since 2008.
Well dear friends, guess what, my worries prayers were answered with the a movie that came out of seemingly no where – Make Up.
It was simply by coincidence that I saw it and in fact I had no idea it was /u/ until I actually sat and watched it. And thank the Lord was I ever glad! It is quite refreshing, let me tell you, watching a work that you know nothing about and BAM, it has the qualities you love in it!
Though it still had all those weaknesses we all have come to almost accept in relevant shows, the movie had some things I hadn’t seen before.
I think we can all agree that almost 90% of yuri works don’t end the way we hope they would. This movie is no different in that regard. In fact, ten minutes in everyone already knows that this is a BAD END kind of movie.
There are many kinds of BAD END like death of one half of a ship, cock-blocking, the ‘friend’ word and of course the ‘it was just a phase’ thing. Make Up falls into the ‘death’ side of BAD ENDs and as I said, we already know this fact in the beginning of the movie.
But don’t be discouraged so easily by this. The fact that we know of this that early can only mean one thing – flashbacks. And I speak with confidence when I say to you all that them flashbacks were absolutely glorious!
Meet our protagonist Min-Hsui. She is a special kind of make-up artist and at the same time, she is a professor transferring her knowledge over to the younger generation. I say younger generation but when you look at her, she almost seems as if she’s in the same age group as her students. In fact it might just be me but I think she looks younger than she did in her highs school days, but that might just be me.
Any ways Min has a job of a make-up artist I said before but not the kind you’re thinking of. Instead of working in a beauty salon, or on a movie set, Min works in a mortuary. Her job there is to make a person who was killed in a freaky accident look like they were just having a nap when it is time for their funeral. Such is the skill she possesses.
Our story really kicks off when a body of a person she recognises in next in line to be worked on. The body belongs to a woman, who for some reason seems to make our almost emotionless Min start acting strange. The husband of the woman comes to meet Min and when he introduces himself as the woman’s husband, she seems kind of taken aback for some reason. What is the world could be going on?
Not going to go into detail so I will just lay down the overview.
The flashback takes us to Min’s high school days. From that we learn that she was having an affair relationship with her teacher and they were both in love with each other.
And here is where the movie took a route I’ve yet to see before. The way the two’s relationship was handled is what messed me up inside, in a good way. Usually these kinds of relationships, even the straight kind involving a teacher and student are not usually handled the way this one was. Watching the two you would think they were classmates in love or something. I kept expecting some bumps along the road which never actually appeared, okay, they did but still, they were handled way better than those I’ve seen before.
Even when they finally got caught and threats were activated, the way they reacted to these negativities left me with an awe and a new feeling of hope that I hadn’t felt for some time. Their relationship had almost everything and probably didn’t show them actually making love because of ratings but the implications were there. Not that this was necessary since it was pretty obvious they were insanely into each other, what with the rings exchanging, emotional kissing and the atmospheric setting…God!
Finally though, the knife was too sharp and along down the road, they finally split up but not because they no longer loved each other. In fact it was because of their strong love that led to one of them going mad (after splitting up) and eventually being killed (still because she still loved Min much more than her husband).
This then turns the story from a drama and into a thriller/crime/kind of. Min comes to the conclusion that Chen was killed since the cause of her death didn’t make much sense and so the hunt for the killer is on. While she does the detective work, Min gets to know Chen’s husband better with three goals in mind. One she wanted to know how her soul mate’s life was like since their splitting up. Two, since the husband was a psychiatrist, she went to him for some personal advise. And three, the husband seemed to want to keep Min in his sights for some unknown reason at the time.
While on one of her visits to the husband’s home, secrets finally were revealed and the true cause of death of her true love was finally uncovered.
I think you can guess who the killer was, right? It was the husband of course. It seems that Chen loved Min so strongly that the separation did a number on her and the husband being all jealous started messing with his wife’s mind, and giving her drugs in the hopes of making her forget about Min. Needless to say, that didn’t end well.
So all that time they were together and Min thought that the husband didn’t know her, he did. He knew all about her and the relationship she had with his wife. In his eyes, Min was responsible for his wife’s death so he got close to her all this time just so he could exert his revenge.
Thank the gods, she was saved and the dog laid to rest!
Do you see the loveliness of this movie? Looking at it objectively, the whole story was about Min and Chen’s love for one another. This almost made this movie a high-rated but there was another chink in the armour that made me frown and thus forced me to rate it just a little bit lower.
That chink was Min and Ching’s relationship. I mean everything was there. They were student/teacher with Ching being Min’s apprentice in fact. They layout was obvious but the writers didn’t even bother to tackle it. Ching lived by herself since she didn’t have any parents and Min only had her grandmother, who was very sick she was always bed-ridden and required looking after. Just think about it. If Min asked Ching to go live with her, she would be shooting two birds with one stone but alas! In fact I felt as if they went out of their way to ignore these signs! I mean for crying out loud, Min even had these flashes where Ching reminded her of her love Chen. And Ching is such a strong and independent girl that would have taken great care of Min. All that potential…wasted!
That is the only gripe I have about this movie. Well, at least in the end they two seemed to have up’d their relationship a little bit after Min went to Ching’s rescue. Who knows, maybe they were trying to tell us things would be different later on. Would have been better if they actually delved more into these two’s relationship.
Sigh. We shall never have a movie that is complete, will we?
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