Taipei Story

Taipei Story ★★★★½

Astounded by the beauty of practically every shot in this movie. Architecture, city and traffic lights at night, gorgeously lit interiors— Yang has an incredible eye for it all. One of the most spectacular images is of Chin’s colleague/lover calling her from a pay phone, colorful, blinking signs reflecting in the booth’s glass. I also just adore the details of the place and time period. The decor in Chin’s apartment, hers and everyone else’s clothes, and lots of little stuff, like a wind-up toy that looks like retro Pepsi-Cola can. An unwaveringly heavy movie about modern ennui, and an exquisitely crafted one.

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