Vive l'Amour

Vive l'Amour

Director: Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang Kuei-Mei, Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Chao-Jung

Cast: Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang Kuei-Mei, Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Chao-Jung

     
 

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This second film by prominent Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang is a brilliant portrayal of isolation and urban disillusionment in modern Taipei. The movie focuses on three lonely souls: Hsiao-kang, a gay salesman of crematorium niches who wanders the city on his scooter; Ah-jung, a handsome street hawker of counterfeit designer goods; and May Lin, a struggling real

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This second film by prominent Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang is a brilliant portrayal of isolation and urban disillusionment in modern Taipei. The movie focuses on three lonely souls: Hsiao-kang, a gay salesman of crematorium niches who wanders the city on his scooter; Ah-jung, a handsome street hawker of counterfeit designer goods; and May Lin, a struggling real estate agent. Hsiao-kang sneaks into a vacant apartment with a stolen key, takes a bath, and tries to slash his wrists. Meanwhile, May picks up Ah-jung and enters the same flat for a late-night tryst. As the film progresses, each character goes through the tedium of their lives: May waits in empty houses for prospective clients; Ah-jung hawks his wares while avoiding the police, and Hsiao-kang places fliers in anonymous mailboxes. All three use the unoccupied apartment at various times for their own needs without realizing the presence of the others, until Hsiao-kang and Ah-jung run into each other. After they both flee the place when May arrives, they develop an odd sort of friendship.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Director Tsai Ming-liang established himself as one of Taiwan's leading directors -- alongside such greats as Hou Hsiao Hsien and Edward Yang -- with this film which won a Golden Lion at the 1994 Venice Film Festival. Influenced by both the quiet melancholy of Wong Kar-wai and the sterile ennui of Michelangelo Antonioni, Tsai presents Taipei as a soulless, ultra-modern labyrinth where individuals cannot communicate other than in one-night stands or business transactions. The film's style is masterful in both economy and emotional power. With very long takes, little narrative tension, and almost no dialogue, the style reinforces the cold, alienating world in which the characters live. Yet, as in the films of Yasujiro Ozu, the very austerity of the style makes the film's quiet drama all the more affecting.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/1998
UPC:
0720917012735
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yang Kuei-Mei May Lin
Lee Kang-Sheng Hsiao-kang
Chen Chao-Jung Ah-jung

Technical Credits
Tsai Ming-Liang Director,Screenwriter
Hsin Chiang-Sheng Musical Direction/Supervision
Chen Chien-Hsun Set Decoration/Design
Yang Ching-An Musical Direction/Supervision
Luo Chung-Hung Costumes/Costume Designer
Hu Ding-Yi Musical Direction/Supervision
Sung Fan-Chen Editor
Jiang Feng-Chyi Executive Producer
Chung Hu-Ping Producer
Lin Ming-Kuo Cinematographer
Li Pao-Lin Art Director
Liao Peng-Jung Cinematographer
Yang Pi-Ying Screenwriter
Tzon Wei-Hua Producer
Tsai Yi-Chun Screenwriter

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