Au revoir Taipei by Arvin Chen

Genre:
Love Story, Drama
Year:
2009
Language:
Taiwanese
Format:
85 minutes
Starring:
Jack Yao
Amber Kuo
Joseph Chang
Lawrence Ko
Directed by:
Arvin Chen
Produced by:
Atom Cinema and greenskyfilms production
A lovesick young man wants to leave Taipei in hopes of getting to Paris, but over the course of one extraordinary night, finds the excitement and romance he was longing for is already there.

The never-ending bustle of life in Taipei has become meaningless to Kai since his girlfriend left for Paris. Brokenhearted, he spends his days working at his parents' noodle restaurant and his nights trying to learn French at the local bookstore. It's there that he meets Susie, a sweet but lonely girl who takes an unusual interest in him. Kai, however, can only think about getting to Paris - he's convinced himself that he'll never find happiness or love again if he's stuck in Taipei.

When Brother Bao, a shady neighborhood gangster and real estate magnate, offers to help Kai get to Paris, he immediately agrees. But Brother Bao's help comes with strings attached - Kai must pick up a mysterious delivery for him on the same night that he's set to leave for Paris. Unfortunately there are others after the delivery, including a group of aspiring gangsters who kidnap Kai's best friend, and an emotionally unstable police detective with his own romantic issues. In the middle of all the chaos, Kai runs into Susie, and soon they are pulled together into the enchanting world of nighttime Taipei, with its vibrant nightmarkets, twisting alleyways, abandoned temples, lively karaoke bars, and love hotels.

Running, scooting, and even dancing through the city over the course of this one night, Kai and Susie gradually begin to fall in love. In fact it seems as if everyone around them is also suffering from some form of lovesickness, as Taipei itself comes alive with romance. By the early morning, Kai must make a final decision about whether or not to go to Paris, and realizes that there maybe no need to say “Au revoir…”
CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY TAIWAN: Taiwanese movie wins best Asian film award in Berlin
"Au Revoir, Taipei," a romantic comedy featuring Taipei City, won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival 2010 Saturday, beating 11 other Asian entries.


AU REVOIR TAIPEI joins Beta Cinema’s Berlinale line-up
Munich, 21 January 2010. Beta Cinema has acquired the international and German rights to the bittersweet love story AU REVOIR TAIPEI and is presenting the film in the Forum section of this year's Berlin Film Festival.


Official Selection Berlin International Film Festival 2010 ( NETPAC Award for ‘best Asian Film’)

Official Selection HK International Film Festival (Asia Premiere)

 

“A perky urban dramedy that makes one smile from ear to ear.” (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)

“A well-crafted romancer that could build sufficient traction as an audience-pleaser…” (VARIETY)