TRANSLATION: Yi ye Taibei DIRECTOR: Arvin ChenTaiwan, USA : 2010 : 85MINS : Mandarin : English subtitles"Sweet, bubbly, with something tasty to chew on." (Hollywood Reporter)
Arvin Chen’s debut feature is a simply charming film that nails Taipei street life perfectly. Shot completely at night, it weaves in and out of night markets, noodle shops and all-night bookshops. Kai, our heartbroken protagonist, is trying to learn French in order to pursue his girlfriend who has emigrated to Paris. In the process he ignores the cute book shop assistant who tries to interest him in learning the Lindy Hop as an alternative pleasure. Throw into the mix a world-weary crime-boss, his idiot nephew and his even dumber henchmen, a love-struck convenience store worker, and a frustrated cop and you get a celebration of Taipei’s night life as a place of sparkling romantic possibility.
SKYPE Q&A WITH ARVIN CHEN FOLLOWS THE 26 FEBRUARY SCREENING.
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NOTABLE QUOTES: "when the cogs start to click into place after the opening 30-minute setup, Chen hardly puts a foot wrong." (Variety) SCREENWRITER: Arvin Chen PRODUCER: Lee In-Ah , Liu Wei-Jan CAST: Jack Yao, Amber Kuo,Chang Hsiao-Chuan CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Finognari FESTIVALS: Berlin, Hong Kong, Edinburgh AWARDS: NETPAC Prize, Berlin DIRECTOR PROFILE: Arvin Chen was born in Boston in 1979 and studied film at the University of Southern California. He relocated to Taiwan in 2001. His short, Mei, won the Silver Bear in Berlin in 2007.