I just saw the greatest movie this weekend at the Asian American Film Festival in San Francisco. Written and directed by Arvin Chen, Au Revoir Taipei is a mash up of Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
I love this movie.
This is one of those movies where you come out of the theater thinking: Man! Why c.an’t I think of something that good! The story is very simple:
- Boy’s girlfriend studies abroad in France.
- Boy learns French in bookstore to communicate with girlfriend.
- Boy meets new girl in bookstore, but still in love with current girlfriend in France.
- Girlfriend in France dumps Boy over the phone.
- Boy is crushed and wants to go to France to talk to girlfriend.
- Boy borrows money from gangsters in order to pay for the flight.
- Gangsters tell Boy he must deliver a package when he gets to France.
- A mix up occurs involving the police, real estate agents, and convenience store employees.
- Cute, silly, endearing stuff happens to our main charters.
- Boy finds new love and learns something about himself and the audience leaves the theater happy.
- The End.
Although this movie sounds formulaic, the way Chen develops his characters adds new layers of originality to the film. He created his own universe, where characters are so unaware and naïve; it’s like a live-action cartoon. This movie is so sweet; I just wanted to invite these characters back home for dinner. Read more about the movie here:
Or check out Arvin’s Blog
Thank you everyone who came out to the Purple Onion last week. I got heckled by this drunk ass mofo. Here is the clip: