Elaborately weaving in and out of narrative threads with novelistic intricacy, Yang’s structurally developed and scintillating cinematic feature debut tells the dual-edged feminine strife of deserting patriarchal norms and maturing in bloom of womanhood amongst modernist, self-serving opportunism, wilting romance and family over generations with no ease of conscience or gain.
Finally got to see this at this year's Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Sylvia Chang tribute). Instead of going into an incoherent ramble, I'll just say ... wow. And for a first movie. The print quality was rather poor, with subtitles barely readable. Maybe Marty will have to rescue this too. Spoken languages are actually Mandarin, Taiwanese, German, and Japanese.