Au Revoir Taipei
Toronto Premiere | Dir. Arvin Chen | Taiwan/USA 2010 | 85:00 | 35mm | Mandarin w/ Eng. sub. | Rated: PG | Cast: Jack Yao, Amber Kuo, Joseph Chang, Lawrence Ko | Director in attendance
Screens as part of the CLOSING NIGHT GALA AND AWARDS CEREMONY | SUN NOV 14 | 8:00 PM at the THE ROYAL | Encore Screening in Richmond Hill on November 15 > BUY TICKETS
Taipei may just be the new city of love.
In writer-director Arvin Chen's Au Revoir Taipei, the Taiwanese capital lights up to the sound of Parisian love ballads and Lindy Hops in the park. Having recently won Best Asian Film at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival, Chen's feature directorial debut makes us fall in love with the unassuming city and its eccentric residents.
The film spans one night in the life of Kai (Jack Yao), a young man pining away for a Paris-bound girlfriend who has taken his heart hostage. While spending all his spare time in a bookstore studying French, he meets Susie (Amber Kuo), one of the store clerks who wants to be more than just friends.
Later, in exchange for a loan to go to Paris from his retiring gangster uncle, Kai has to retrieve a mysterious package. What ensues for Kai and Susie is an unforgettable night complete with everything from police chases to swing dancing. The kind of night that makes Kai wonder if love might have been waiting in Taipei all along.
California-born Chen delivers a charming film that's sweeter than creme brulee. A lovable band of characters, jazzy score and nighttime scenes of an effervescent city come together to bring Au Revoir Taipei to life.
Catch Au Revoir Taipei at Reel Asian on Sunday, Nov. 14. For more details, visit ReelAsian.com.
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