Tempting Heart ★★★★½

The first film I've seen directed by Sylvia Chang, and on this evidence I can say she's a major talent.

Poised somewhere between torrid adolescent melodrama and elegiac middle-aged reflection, this decade spanning film (further distanced by a framing story in which Chang herself plays a filmmaker developing a film about the couple at the center) plays a delicate game, every period detail and youthful cliche balanced against an eccentric editing rhythm or one of Lee Ping-Bin's perfect, fleeting compositions.

So expertly crafted that even pretty non-actors Takeshi Kaneshiro and Gigi Leung turn in exquisite performances. Shockingly overlooked, and I can't wait to see her other films.

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