Other coming-of-age movies
YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE (TAIWAN, 2011)
THIS college-romance flick left such an indelible mark on audiences and critics that it has been compared to subsequent films of the same genre.
The movie is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Taiwanese author Giddens Ko, who also directed the film.
The Chinese title of the novel and the movie, loosely translated as The Girl Whom We Chased Together During Those Years, gives the gist of the story.
The sweet A-star student Shen Chia-yi (played by Michelle Chen) is the object of affection of her male classmates. One of her admirers is the mischievous Ko Ching-teng (Kai Ko) who catches Shen's attention.
Alas, the ending is bittersweet as the pair embark on different paths in their lives.
SO YOUNG (CHINA, 2013)
THIS directorial debut of Chinese actress Vicki Zhao struck a nostalgic chord with viewers in China, reportedly raking in 600 million yuan (S$123 million) over two weeks.
The movie, based on the best-selling novel To Our Youth That Is Fading Away, begins with the carefree college days of 18-year-old undergraduate Zheng Wei (Yang Zishan) and her schoolmates.
The group of wide-eyed youth realise that growing up can be painful when harsh realities of life set in.
GIRLFRIEND, BOYFRIEND (TAIWAN, 2012)
THIS melancholic film follows the lives of three friends - Aaron (Rhydian Vaughan), Mabel (Gwei Lun Mei) and Liam (Joseph Chang) - and is set against Taiwan's changing socio-political landscape in the 1980s.
The schoolmates are out to rebel against society's suffocating rules at a time when Taiwan is under martial law.
The evolving love triangle spans three decades, from their high-school days to adulthood.
THAT GIRL IN PINAFORE (SINGAPORE, 2013)
THIS home-grown film was sold as an ode to the xinyao era - the heyday of Singapore Mandarin songs in the 1980s.
The movie leads are xinyao singing teens who pursue an obstacle-fraught road in order to fulfil their romantic and music dreams.
At the centre of the drama are the star-crossed lovers, school dropout Jiaming (Daren Tan) and well-to-do goodie-two-shoes May (Julie Tan).