It's fine as a way to spend a couple of hours and it's a fun continuation of the spandex soap opera. I just think I'd like it a whole lot more if there was the slightest chance that everything that happens won't be reversed in the next sequel.
This is a glacially paced study of three desperately lonely people who all live alone in the same Taipei apartment, often at the same time.
On a fairly superficial level, Ming-liang Tsai appears to be Taiwanese cinema's answer to Bela Tarr. We get long, stately shots of Mei, Ah-jung and Hsaio-ang going about their daily lives, sitting in bare rooms, smoking, sleeping. There are moments of deadpan humour and tenderness but the overwhelming impression is one of urban isolation. These…