3,5. A little piece that works both as a corollary of a particular film, "Et là bas ...", and as a reinforcement and corroboration of the idea of loss and mismatch in his fictional universe, besides the spatio-temporal consistency that is his usual in formal terms.
Very light. The pacing is perfect and it never leaves you impatient, despite the lack of context. It flows well enough for the 'bigger picture' not to matter. The wistful street shots of crowded Taiwanese streets are lovely. The beautiful song at the end ties everything together, in its own way.
Not knowing the context is not a good reason to underappreciate this (beautiful) short film. To those who complain it lacks "context", this film gives a truly good motive to SEE the other films and finally know the context. Apart of that it's a tiny and delicate piece of poetry.
Beautiful photography and feel of the city but totally baffling. I had no idea the girl was looking for the would-be porno star. How are you supposed to figure that out? This isn't a stand-alone film, more like a fragment, but it's pleasant to watch for 21 minutes.
Tsai-Ming Liang catches the ordered chaos of a Taiwanese city where love is lost and needs to be found again. It's a short film with long shots letting you immerse in the fine composition of the images and the feeling of the city. The film is basically a prologue to "The Wayward Cloud". I'm not sure how well the story works if you haven't seen the latter (but then you can wonder the buzzing city for 20+ minutes).
You know how sometimes you're downtown, and the colours and motion and reflections and sounds suddenly strike you as so immersive and beautiful that you wish you could somehow capture all of it exactly the way you're experiencing it? Almost like it's some entity unto itself? Tsai Ming-Liang does that. Almost flawlessly. Accompanied by the perfect story for it.