Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know (2015)

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Somewhere Only We Know is an upcoming Chinese romantic drama film directed by Xu Jinglei scheduled to be be shown in Cinema on Valentines Day 2015. This story talks about the female lead, JinTian, who is experiencing the hardest time of her life: Her boyfriend backed out of their marriage, her beloved grandmother passed away. Heartbroken, she went to a certain city in Europe to heal her broken heart. And then the read moremale lead, ZeYang suddenly appeared, and she also slowly found out about her grandmother’s love story.

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Feb 16, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
The Beatles' once wrote a song called "There's A Place" that says, "There's a place, / Where I can go / When I feel low, / When I feel blue...". There are always those places we go when we are sad, places where we can look for a new life, try new things, and meet new people. That is what Somewhere Only We Know is about. It's about finding a place to read more become new, to build new meaning to one's life and to one's love.

The story is simple, but surprisingly compelling. We see Jin Tian's (Wang Likun) journey to a place, to Prague. At first, it is just a beautiful city meant to help her heal; it's a city that her only family member once lived. Later, though, and interwoven with her own love story, Prague becomes that place of being and becoming a new person. What I enjoyed most is how interwoven Jin Tian and Ze Yang's story was with Lan Xin and Dr. Novak's. The links and flashbacks gave a beautiful, yet sorrowful meaning to the idea of having a place and of being in love.

Despite a group of young, fairly inexperienced actors, Somewhere Only We Know featured bright moments. The chemistry between Wang Likun (Jin Tian) and Wu Yi Fan (Ze Yang) was sweet; their interactions with Sophia (Ni Ni) were definite highlights of the film. Moreover, they showed an awkwardness that fit well with two young people in love. Plus, the movie showcased Wu Yi Fan's ability to be a "cold guy," a nice guy, a sweet guy, and best of all, a silly guy. Xu Jinglei took a major risk, and I believe it paid off. Last but not least, Xu Jinglei was awesome herself as the young Lan Xin. She gave off a grace and beauty that brought me to tears at its sincerity.

I loved the music in the film! From traditional Czech music to Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" to Wu Yi Fan's "There Is A Place," the music captured that sweetness of new love, of old love, of lost love, and of found love.

Probably my only complaint with the movie lies in it's use of English instead of Czech when there are longer conversations with non-Chinese characters (Dr. Novak, especially). I don't hate the choice necessarily, but I would have liked there to be more Czech involved in the film.

Of course I'm going to rewatch this again and again. It's sweet, funny, yet also insightful. On a fangirl note, why wouldn't I watch it again?

Overall, I give Somewhere Only We Know a 10 because I enjoyed the film so much. I laughed and cried (I dabbed tears at several points during the film), and I thoroughly felt the love between the characters. I also enjoyed seeing the beauty of Prague; I really, really want to visit it now. It gave a wonderful environment and air to encase the beautiful stories within the film. The film made me want to find my own place as well.
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May 22, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
I really enjoyed this film. I have not watched many Chinese movies so I can't really compare it to other movies, except Back to 20s the Chinese Remake of the Korean Movie Miss Granny. As you can probably tell from my statement, yes, I was watching this movie for Wu Yi Fan, as I was watching Back to 20s for Lu Han, but, that does not mean I only enjoyed the movie read more because of him. It was a very nice sweet movie in general and I loved the fact that we did not have to dwell on the romance the whole time. I was able to enjoy both the movie backdrop story and their romance. It was very interesting and there were not any parts I need to cut out or skip.

The music for this film I was looking forward to in this film but, even though Wu Yi Fan wrote one of the songs, called "There is a Place for Us", we did not even hear that whole song in the film, and I think it was placed in the wrong place. But, other than that, the music was okay. It might have been also because I don't even associate this song with this film at all. Infact, I assume if I never had heard this song before I would have missed this song. It would have not stood out as a great song but, only as part of an okay soundtrack.

The acting and cast was very well done. I especially enjoyed Sophia Cai Shuya and her performance as Ni Ni, the daughter. She was very cute and I loved her moments with Wu Yi Fan as father and daughter.

I want to thank the director and all the other crew that made this movie possible. I advise anyone to watch this movie, I think most people will enjoy it.
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    mikucchan Jun 26, 2017

    I kept squealing because of Kris damn. I especially loved the dialogue at the end :)

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    Mel Feb 6, 2017 - edited

    Now, I really want to go to Prague because of this movie!

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      H8PE May 16, 2017

      I live in Prague. It's beautiful city. Hope everything will go well and you'll be able to come :)

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    Reyna-Roma Jan 30, 2017 - edited

    beautiful setting for 2 wonderful love stories.
    More complex than what you might think at the beginning with many layers to it.
    in the end aren't we all looking for love? for that one connection?

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    jessica1022556 Jan 14, 2017 - edited

    where can i watch this?

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    MohosinaAfrose Nov 28, 2016

    the movie is actually about grandma's story.... not kris....

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    dejawufan Nov 19, 2016 - edited

    I'm a fan of Kris but this movie was a disappointment for me. It was horrible, but it wasn't good either. Kris definetely wasn't ready for a role like this at this point in his acting career. There are so many cringe worthy scenes that I lost count. At least the scenes with him and the little girl were cute, but that's probably because there wasn't much talking in those scenes. The other actors were also either really stiff or awkward. The plot just dragged on forever and tried too hard to be emotional. Overall it was just awkward and forced. Not something I'll probably ever feel the need to watch again.

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    Sonao Nov 1, 2016

    OMG!!! I really love this movie it's so beautifulll....
    I wish to see you( Kris wu) in drama...with lots of ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    AnnGominho Sep 16, 2016

    Segundo filme que assisto com o Kris, e acho que estou começando a cair de amores por ele!! (OMG! Que criança fofa é essa "Ni Ni")

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    ladytristeza Jul 6, 2016 - edited

    train tickets right from prague to china ROLF yeah that´s possible only in a dreamland...beside that prague was obviously beautiful like´s pity i can´t tell the same thing about this movie...the worst aspect of movie was cringe worthy acting from both leads and even from supporting cast...the best aspect of movie is that it´s did make me wanna go to the prague again...yeah i think it´s time to revisit this amazing city once again

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      cvparadise Aug 7, 2016 - edited

      It might be possible... I saw an article before saying that you can travel from Portugal to Vietnam (or Thailand I forgot) by train... so it might be possible from prague to china...

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    MiyukiTsukino Mar 28, 2016

    OMG! This movie is so beautiful!!! ❤
    I really love Josef's story! ❤ Kris! ❤

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    Tomy Riyuca Feb 21, 2016 - edited

    excuse me, who know what the title of song that play when luo ji singing for their in carvel? please comment..

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    nana157awesome Feb 12, 2016

    The moments with Kris and his daughter were so cute :D

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    imfaerae Dec 14, 2015 - edited

    The views of Prague were the best part of this movie. The dual love stories were supposed to be beautiful as well but they never quite got there for me. I could tell the movie was trying hard but that's what it felt like. Trying but not accomplishing. Too bad, I liked the story just not the execution. I found the English speaking actor particularly bad. I know this is usually par for the course for Asian movies and dramas but it was a larger role so I wish they had gotten a better actor for that part.

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    kpopx3lover Dec 5, 2015 - edited

    I love Kris and all but let's face it, I think him playing a lead role is a bit too early. There were many parts in the movie where I found myself cringing because he couldn't really capture the emotion and it ended up just him making a weird face. I also found the grandma's love story more intriguing than the main leads. It was so pretty. It's an okay movie and I wasn't really expecting much from it. It would've been so much better if the movie was just about Josef's and Lanxian's love.

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      Hennie Jan 23, 2016

      I have to agree with this.

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    AmastrisDratwka Dec 1, 2015 - edited

    It's so hard to tell if this is good or not because all the people really watching this movie because of Wu Yi Fan. He's listed as the main role yet I read the supporting actor has the better part. I read Wu Yi Fan is either really great at acting since it's his 1st time OR that his acting is cringe-worthy and sucked and wasn't on par with the rest of the cast. Too many commenters on drama sites that have this movie saying "I couldn't make it past 1 hour" the story was disjointed and dragged... and then these others saying it was a "CUTE" love story, or that they "CRIED" for the alternative couple.. I just have no idea what to think SO, I think I'll pass on it and maybe comeback to it when I'm not really looking for something to watch that'll move me.

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      krisanthemum tea Dec 2, 2015

      Reviews are all subjective so if you want to formulate your own opinion, best to give it a try and see for yourself.

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      AmastrisDratwka Dec 2, 2015 - edited

      If that's the case why have mydramalist and give reviews or comments? Everyone can just watch for themselves and make their own opinion. It's not my meaning. Some people, like myself, have spent hours upon hours watching various dramas and movies. Investing that kind of time and emotion takes its toil on you. After a while you "get smart" and realize that getting a "gist" of things from others might just save you some time, if not some emotions, from wasting it on dramas and movies that start off nice and end in horror. Getting burned by it too many times and feeling like you just got gypped of your precious time makes you very wary to spend time on "the unknown".

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      krisanthemum tea Dec 2, 2015

      I see what you mean, I also normally jump to look at the reviews before watching a movie, though there were quite a few movies that I've personally liked that a lot of reviews had dissed. I'm not saying that this is the case with Kris' movie; in my opinion, I thought it was horrid for someone who's watched many chinese movies over the past 15 years. So yeah...

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      AmastrisDratwka Dec 2, 2015

      Exactly. I like explanatory comments that include why someone liked or didn't like something that is more than just "i don't like this guy" "i like this guy" "it was dumb" "it was cute". When someone explains more depth to why they like or didn't like something, sometimes it will make me want to watch something because another person's reason for "hating" it might very well be a reason I want to watch it. Just because someone doesn't like it doesn't necessarily give it meaning. The meaning is in the descriptors.


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    Feb 10, 2015
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    1 hr. 49 min.


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