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Au Revoir Taipei (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Amber Kuo (Actor) | Jack Yao (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Yo Yang (Actor)
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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.

2-Disc DVD Edition comes with making of, cast and crew audio commentary, a map of the film's locations, and a collectible card.

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Product Title: Au Revoir Taipei (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version) 一頁台北 (DVD) (雙碟精裝版) (台灣版) 一页台北 (DVD) (双碟精装版) (台湾版) 台北の朝、僕は恋をする (一頁台北) (2枚組) (台湾版) Au Revoir Taipei (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan 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
Release Date: 2010-08-03
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 85 (mins)
Publisher: DS
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 220 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022937511

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Director : Arvin Chen

The film begins with the departure of Kai's girlfriend Faye. He parks himself in a bookstore to learn French the stingy way, and catches the eye of shop assistant Susie. His break comes when a gangster Bao offers him a ticket to Paris in exchange for "courier delivery." The pot heats up the night before Kai leaves, when Bao's nephew Hong tries to pull off a slick crime that drags Kai, Susie and two bungling cops into two hours of adventure and a farcical surprise resolution. When the dawn comes, Kai discovers who his true love is.
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Professional Review of "Au Revoir Taipei (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version)"

July 12, 2010

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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August 6, 2010

Book me on the next flight to Taipei
I've never been to Taipei, but now I want to. That's one of the many effects Arvin Chen's feature film debut Au Revoir Taipei will likely have on you. Other effects may include a warm energy bursting through your heart, a loud rumbling in your stomach, or an impulse to dance the Lindy Hop in a bookstore. But for most people, a simple smile will suffice.

On the surface, Au Revoir Taipei is a puzzle of a crime story filled with coincidences and random meetings. However, Chen eschews serious dramatic tension for a group of likable characters that just happen to be pitted against each other over one night in Taipei. From courageous bookstore clerk Susie (the adorable Amber Kuo) to oafish convenience store clerk Gao (Frankie Gao), every character in the film comes with their eccentric, lovable charm. Even the film's supposed bad guys - a group of orange jacket-donning gangsters led by the mischievous Hong (Lawrence Ko) - are ultimately just a couple of naïve guys who often put immediate needs like mahjong and dumplings over their assigned criminal tasks.

Despite its multiple plot strands filled with hopeless romantics, clueless gangsters, and hapless cops, the main character of Au Revoir Taipei is Taipei itself. Under the influence of the road movie master himself Wim Wenders (acting as executive producer), Chen takes his audience straight through the heart of Taipei, showing an eccentric mix of modern urban infrastructures like mega-sized bookstores and classic staples like the food-filled night market. The film's story of gangsters and police pursuing two people unwittingly caught up in the chase is simple enough that it can be told in any big city, making it just an excuse for Chen's dazzling, breezy chases through the sights of the city.

Running only 85 minutes, the film is almost too breezy for its own good, with Chen moving things at an uneven speed. Chen devotes a 30-minute first act to develop its characters before he starts stirring his puzzle pieces, and the ride ends just as it's beginning to really get fun. The result may be a film that is too lightweight for its own good, but like any good performer, Chen is also wise to leave his audience wanting more.

I don't know if the real Taipei is filled with as many endearing characters as Au Revoir Taipei, and I don't really care. Chen has created a fantastic world worth getting lost in, and if the real city has only a fraction of its charm, then Chen has succeeded at selling his city as a star. I've never been to Taipei, but now I want to - and it's all because of Au Revoir Taipei.

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Customer Review of "Au Revoir Taipei (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (3)
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

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

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

1 people found this review helpful

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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