Three quotes from Andrew Chan's Criterion essay:
1) "[Yang's interest in architecture accounts for] his methodical approach to structure, his sensitivity to how people interact with (and within) built landscapes, his understanding of how place becomes a conduit for emotionally charged ideas about history and identity."
2) "Taipei Story regards globalized architecture, in all its pervasiveness, not as a portal to the outside world but as an enclosure, something to be thrashed against."
3) "...Taipei Story is charged with the urgency of a director attempting to map out a whole society through the interlocking oppositions of gender, class, generation, and cultural persuasion that threaten to pull it apart."
Equal parts Antonioni, Ozu, and Edward Hopper, Edward Yang's Taipei Story is…