Another modernist film like Yi Yi or Klute that I just don’t enjoy. It’s a failing of mine, but I just can’t get into them. But that’s sort of the point I guess. You show a bank robbery through the security camera footage rather than through actually being onsite for a reason. Or you watch events through a pane of glass, but this kind of detachment pushes me away and thus I dislike the film. Sorry.
Clearly director Edward Yang is following in the footsteps of the Italian neorealists, but just like with A Brighter Summer Day, it’s very difficult to really understand what is going on. There is zero exposition to help orient you. I didn’t find it boring per say, but I really can’t recommend this movie.
This film is the very definition of Pre-Code Hollywood and the first film from the 1930’s that I can think of that actually mentions sex by its name. It also comes right out and talks about two people having had sex. Interesting tidbits like that aside, it’s a fun film, but there are better Pre-Codes out there even from director Ernst Lubitsch. Nevertheless, I still recommend it.