Au Revoir Taipei (2010)
directed & written by Arvin Chen
starring Jack Kao, Amber Kuo
Au Revoir Taipei weaves various romances with some not so serious cop & criminal shenanigans in which Kai (Jack Kao) and Suzi (Amber Kuo) unexpectedly get tangled in. Sure they have to run quite a bit and dance too but it gives the two acquaintances an opportunity to bond over the course of one adventurous night. This feature length film was inspired by the short film Mei which the director, Arvin Chen, had made earlier which also starred Jack Kao.
The general tone of the film is whimsical and lightweight but the multiple plot threads that merge and separate throughout keep things interesting while the romantic aspects slowly but surely develop. It never gets confusing though and the intersecting plot threads and characters make for some comical moments. The characters are mostly likable but if one is expecting some deeper characterizations, they won’t find it here which is a bit disappointing. Even so the film is obviously not aiming for some deeper meaning or character analysis and that simplicity may actually be a plus for some viewers.
Au Revoir Taipei is a Valentine’s day card to not only its characters but to the city with well framed shots capturing its urban design and tasty late night eats. It’s a sweet, relaxing viewing experience that will tug at heart strings gently and tickle the funny bone but probably won’t linger in your mind much after the credits roll.
It’s already out on DVD in Asia but I assume it will come to North America soon.