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Au Revoir Taipei

Au Revoir Taipei

Au Revoir Taipei

Au Revoir Taipei

Directed by: Arvin Chen
Runtime: 80 min
Year: 2009
Country: USA/Taiwan
Language(s): Taiwanese w/ English subtitles

Dr. Konrad Ng scheduled for attendance.
Editor of “Au Revoir Taipei” Justin Guerrieri scheduled for attendance.
Opening Night sponsor: Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)
Opening Night reception following the screening.

In his feature length debut, director and winner of DC APA’s 2007 Best Narrative Short award Arvin Chen returns to the vibrant streets of Taipei in this utterly charming film about old loves lost and new loves found.

A sheepish young man, Kai (Jack Yao), reluctantly bids adieu to his girlfriend Faye and dreams of reuniting with her in Paris. His daily routine consists of working at his parents’ modest noodle stand and soliciting the language section at a local bookstore to slyly learn French. Meanwhile, he remains aloof to the timid advances of the cute bookstore clerk, Susie (Amber Kuo).

But when local mob boss, Brother Bao (Frankie Kao) offers him the opportunity to fly to Paris in exchange for one seemingly simple favor, Kai unwittingly embarks on a turbulent night with Susie and best friend Gao as they attempt to evade a crew of incompetent gangsters and bungling cops in the bustling and glimmering city of Taipei. As his departure to Paris is jeopardized by these comical circumstances, will Kai find renewed motivation to stay in Taipei?

This whimsical romantic caper brims over with gorgeous cinematography and a fitting jazzy score that captures the seductive beauty and personality of Taiwan’s metropolis.

Au Revoir Taipei (executive produced by Wim Wenders) comes alive as the ultimate love letter to Taipei.
—Jenny Kim

Arvin Chen, Director

Arvin Chen

A native of Foster City, CA, Arvin Chen graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema & Television, where he produced the short film Mei, winner of the DC APA Best Narrative Short award in 2007. After moving to Taipei, Chen directed another short film as part of the anthology Eat. Both films are set in the night vendor stalls of Taipei and are referenced in his first feature film Au Revoir Taipei.

Preceded by:

Yes, Yesterday

Yes, Yesterday

Directed by: Van Vu
Runtime: 13 min
Year: 2009
Country: USA
Language(s): Mandarin w/ English subtitles
Website: Official Site

Distant feelings and memories resurface when an immigrant Chinese waiter is revisited by an old flame passing through town for the day.


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