Thursday, April 28, 2005
This is another splendid film by Hou. The film has thhe signature of the director - it is about nothing and it is about everything. The script may be boring to someone because the story is bland, but the message of life is delivered through the actors with minimal dialogues. The tension and emotions just penetrate into the viewer's heart. That really dfferentiates a great director from a good director. The soundtrack is first-rated, however, it is a pity that a CD is not released. The New York Times has a very positive review on the film. Another two Chinese reviews ( http://220.127.116.11/twlai/archives/000107.html and http://18.104.22.168/twlai/archives/000099.html) about Cafe Lumiere are worth to read. Here is another one by a Hong Kong author.