"(An) exercise in petulant anomie and sexless eroticism"...said Variety. Close but perhaps not quite. Not the feel good film of the year but loads of scantly clad F4 girls, killer weed and a sex-scene straight out of a porn version of 2001 keeps the more depressing aspects at arm's length. Many here have cried out regards the fish that is cruelly prepared early on...but my heart went out to the bathtub of snakes.
Symbolic, beautiful, and meditative. It felt like a Tsai film, of course, with similar visual styling, pacing, and familiar themes of urban ennui and detachment. Lee should continue to make more films, perhaps he can carve out his own identity and vision.
powerful commentary on anomie, loneliness, in modern urban life. beautiful symbolism use of man abusing animals without thinking about it. And how do you not love a standing 69.
The love affair didn't pan out. Nothing really panned out and for this maybe I like it. (very Un American)
Such a sad, beautiful film. Kang and Tsai's mastery of color and music elevate this beyond a mere "elegy to alienation and loneliness". Drenched in a perfect form of silent sensuality, the scenery chews the otherwise flat characters. The visual gusto of "One From The Heart" with the manic heartbeat of "Leaving Las Vegas", through a distinctly Taiwanese lense. Mad world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betel_nut_beauty
three unhappy individuals wandering through kaohsiung. really similar thematically to rebels of the neon god -- people are just doing their thing and there's not a lot of backstory or closure, it's just a little peek into a time in their lives. i kinda like that, but it's a little unsatisfying. some nice cinematography from time to time -- the speed camera shot will be bouncing around in my head for a while to come.