Sunday, July 31, 2011


I just watched Midnight in Paris this weekend - In one of my favorite scenes, Owen Wilson's character, having been magically transported to 1920's Paris, runs back one night to find that the same cafe he was just drinking with Ernest Hemingway at is now (in the present day), a laundromat.

Last week I was walking around Taipei with a friend, who pointed out the area where Edward Yang's family home used to be. Almost 30 years ago, this is where Edward and other notable directors of the Taiwanese New Wave (Hou Hsiao Hsien, Wu Nian Jen) used to hang out and watch movies together and talk about how they were going to change the Taiwanese film industry. Apparently after Edward passed away, a few people tried to get the government to preserve the building, a colonial Japanese-style home, for its significance in Taiwanese film history. The building was torn down anyway, and now in its internet cafe.

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