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Au Revoir Taipei (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Amber Kuo (Actor) | Jack Yao (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Yo Yang (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (4)

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Au Revoir Taipei marks the feature film debut of American-born writer-director Arvin Chen, whose thesis film in film school earned him an award at the Berlin Film Festival. An eccentric mix of romance and chase film that showcases Taipei's charming nightlife, Au Revoir Taipei takes a large cast of characters and puts them on a crazy adventure that happens over the course of one night. But beneath the manic chase lies a sweet love story between emerging Taiwanese pop star Amber Kuo and Jack Yao, making its Valentine's Day world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival all the more appropriate. The Wim Wenders-produced film earned critical acclaim worldwide (including the Best Asian Film prize at Berlin), and its opening weekend gross in Taiwan even eclipsed the opening weekends of Cape No. 7 and Hear Me.

Kai (Jack Yao) sits in a bookstore every night studying French books in hopes of visiting his girlfriend in Paris. Instead, he catches the attention of shop worker Susie (Amber Kuo). One night, gangster Brother Bao (Frankie Gao), a frequent customer of Kai's family-run noodle shop, offers Kai the money to go to Paris under the condition that Kai transports some "cargo" for him. The night before he leaves, Kai runs into Susie at the night market just as the police - led by Yong (Joseph Chang, Prince of Tears) - and various shady characters all go after Kai for his mysterious cargo. This sends Kai and Susie off on an exciting adventure through the streets of Taipei in a night they'll never forget.

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Product Title: Au Revoir Taipei (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 一頁台北 (Blu-ray) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 一页台北 (Blu-ray) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 台北の朝、僕は恋をする (一頁台北) (Blu-ray) (中英文字幕) (香港版) Au Revoir Taipei (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Amber Kuo (Actor) | Jack Yao (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Yo Yang (Actor) | Lawrence Ko (Actor) | Paul Chiang | Jack Kao (Actor) | Zeng Peggy (Actor) 郭 采潔 (Actor) | 姚淳耀 (Actor) | 張孝全 (Actor) | 楊祐寧 (Actor) | 柯宇綸 (Actor) | 姜康哲 | 高捷 (Actor) | 曾佩瑜 (Actor) 郭 采洁 (Actor) | 姚淳耀 (Actor) | 张孝全 (Actor) | 杨佑宁 (Actor) | 柯宇纶 (Actor) | 姜康哲 | 高捷 (Actor) | 曾佩瑜 (Actor) 郭采潔 (アンバー・クオ) (Actor) | 姚淳耀(ジャック・ヤオ) (Actor) | 張孝全(ジョセフ・チャン) (Actor) | 楊祐寧(トニー・ヤン) (Actor) | 柯宇綸(クー・ユールン) (Actor) | ポール・チャン | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) (Actor) | Zeng Peggy (Actor) Amber Kuo (Actor) | Jack Yao (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Yo Yang (Actor) | Lawrence Ko (Actor) | Paul Chiang | Jack Kao (Actor) | Zeng Peggy (Actor)
Director: Chen Arvin 陳駿霖 陈骏霖 陳駿霖(アーヴィン・チェン) Chen Arvin
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2011-03-18
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 85 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024154678

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Director : Arvin Chen

"If Paris is a city of love, what is Taipei the city of?"

A brokenhearted young man from Taipei, yearns to be with his girlfriend, who's left for Paris. He spends his days working at his parents’ noodle restaurant and his nights trying to learn French at the local bookstore, where he meets Susie, a sweet but lonely girl who works there. Afraid of losing his girlfriend, and in need of money to get to Paris, he accepts a dubious offer from a local gangster – deliver a mysterious package to Paris. It’s the beginning of a wild night for Kai, at the end of which he realizes that leaving both Susie and Taipei will only take him further away from true love.
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Professional Review of "Au Revoir Taipei (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 12, 2010

This professional review refers to Au Revoir Taipei (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Funny, pleasing and relaxing, Au Revoir Taipei is an utterly enjoyable journey into the not-so-perilous Taiwan night. Director Arvin Chen doesn't weigh down his film with anything resembling pretension or meaning. This is a winning Valentine towards French comedies, crime capers, and above all effervescent cinema romance, where love is found suddenly, unexpectedly and brimming with hope. Au Revoir Taipei recently won the NETPAC/Asian Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival, which is proof of very little besides the fact that people liked this film. Honestly, you should like it too. If not, we give up on you.

Jack Yao stars as Kai, a go-nowhere youth who's looking to head to Paris to follow his girlfriend, who only recently dumped him. To finance his trip, he gets involved in a "delivery" for local gang boss Frankie Gao, but as luck and cinema clichés would have it, everything goes wrong. The gang boss' fey nephew Hung (Ko Yue-Lun) attempts to steal the package, but ends up kidnapping Kai's dopey buddy Gao Gao (Chiang Kang-Che) instead. Meanwhile, bookstore clerk Susie (drama star Amber Kuo) finds herself along for the ride. Susie carries a minor torch for Kai, but Kai is oblivious, still lost in his own heartbreak. With Gao Gao in danger, a plainclothes cop (Joseph Chang) on their tail, and the clock slowly ticking towards a dawn deadline, can Kai and Susie save the day, or will death be in the offing?

Not a spoiler, but there is zero death in Au Revoir Taipei. The film dabbles in darkness but never detours there, with our heroes usually running in fear from people who are far less capable than they are. Arvin Chen makes this a low-tension crime caper, with dry comic laughs and minor slapstick in place of grandstanding gags and actual dark content. The characters are the highlights. Joseph Chang's role is a change-of-pace for the handsome actor; he plays an amusingly sloppy cop who'll shirk his duty just to moon over an ex-girlfriend. Just as fun is Ko Yue-Lun (Mahjong), as the nominally threatening but completely harmless villain. The show stealer is Chiang Kang-Che as the spacey Gao Gao, a lovably obtuse convenience store clerk who quietly admires his too-cute co-worker (Vera Yan). These are enjoyable cinema underdogs who are naturally likable or lovably despicable - that is, if your cinema is scored with light French Jazz and features bad guys who apologize for their misdeeds.

Technical credits here are aces, with the setting and cinematography capturing Taipei in an affectionate, attractive light. Though the story spells thriller, the film never strays from its friendly, amiable tone. Cameos from Tony Yang and Jack Gao add star power and acting cred. If Au Revoir Taipei has a flaw, it would be that it's too inconsequential, and could easily be overlooked because it does nothing new or noteworthy. Also, the film suffers due to its lead characters being far less enjoyable than its supporting ones. Jack Yao is serviceable and bland, and seems a poor match for Amber Kuo, who's much better as the film's heroine. She shines especially at the very end, where her quiet, lovely smile provides the perfect summation to this breezy, enjoyable little film. Au Revoir Taipei possesses simple, honest cinema joys, excelling only marginally while charming in spades. Spending time grousing about its flaws would only be curmudgeonly.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Au Revoir Taipei (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (4)

Kevin Kennedy
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January 17, 2012

This customer review refers to Au Revoir Taipei (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

This is why I watch movies! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Au Revoir Taipei" is irresistible. Kai (Jack Yao) pines for his departed girlfriend who has moved to Paris. Kai hopes to travel there to be with her, but she is not returning his phone calls. He tends to his lonely soul by spending hours studying French in the local bookshop. (Overhearing Kai's mangling of the French language supplies a few chuckles.) Susie (cute-as-a-button Amber Kuo), an employee of the bookshop, takes an interest in Kai, but he remains fixated upon his dream of reuniting with his girlfriend.

To raise the funds for a trip to Paris, Kai agrees to deliver a package for a gangster (Frankie Gao) who frequents his family's noodle shop. However, the gangster's rebellious underlings have ulterior plans; they wish to intercept the package and use it for their own ends. Everyone's plans go seriously awry. The underlings end up taking hostage one of Kai's friends (Chiang Kang Che); Kai and Susie first are chased by a distracted cop (Joseph Chang), then chase the fleeing underlings. As things get increasingly out of hand, a bond grows between Kai and Susie.

Vivid characters, crisply humorous writing, an enchanting look at Taipei's street life, and a budding romance make "Au Revoir Taipei" an absolute treat. Is it possible to dislike this little gem of a film? I don't think so.
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jireh
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October 29, 2010

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1 people found this review helpful

Heartwarming and Pleasing Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I watched this on San Diego Asian Film Festival on a Closing Film and it was worth watching on the last night of the festival. It was cute, lovely, charming, and memorable. Learning from the director's point of view on how he did this film made this movie more interesting. The characters were funny, unique and lovely. I definitely will buy this and share it to my other friends. Go Buy it!
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Weng Han
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September 6, 2010

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A little Gem of a Movie Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
This is certainly a quirky and refreshing movie. The story line is not too heavy and acting is excellent.
There is abit of dark humour in there, all meshed up with the lover story. This is a little gem that will be enjoyed by most. Dont take my word for it... see it for yourself. I like it.
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Steven
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August 30, 2010

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Great, lighthearted, creative film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This was a really great film, and despite lower than blockbuster budgets, was creative. It was fun watching these various stories of different groups of people in Taipei all come together, and having a central love story play out as a result of all of this.

Yesasia says this is the Taiwan version. Seems true. But why is the giant title characters on the front in Simplified letters? My mind was confused by this.
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