We can see that the principal only cares about his own promotion and the indifferent relationship between superiors and subordinates; the pursuit of profit behind the strength of the english language inherits the criticism of capitalist culture in chen zheyi's previous works. In the generally cold school atmosphere and busy and restless lanes, the relationship between wei lun and a ling is extraordinarily warm compared to other contractual teacher-student relationships.
The reason why tropical rain has nothing to ghost mannequin effect do with teacher-student love is not only that the heroine is deeply influenced by confucian ethics, but the main reason is that their relationship is not love - the occurrence of sexual relationship may also have nothing to do with love. ŽIžek (slavoj žIžek) mentioned a kind of "Dialectics of demands", when we demand something, the ultimate purpose is not to use it to satisfy our needs, but to confirm the attitude of others towards us, just like weilun and allen did to each other.
Wei lun's "Requirement" for chinese learning is not based on a true love for chinese, but more from a lack of it. When a ling responded to such a request and such a lack, her behavior became various proofs of "She loves him" and "She cares about him". Wei lun has always mistaken learning chinese as his "Subjectivity" rather than desire; he has always regarded a ling as his "Model" rather than a substitute for absent parents. "An ordinary thing that is only used to satisfy our needs, once caught in the trap of the dialectic of requirements, will eventually lead to the formation of desire." (zizek, 1991)