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‘Vive L’Amour’ Restoration Trailer: Tsai Ming-liang’s Classic Returns to the Big Screen

Exclusive: New York City's Metrograph is unveiling a 2K restoration of the classic film from Taiwan's Second Wave.

VIVE L'AMOUR, (aka AIQING WANSUI), Lee Kang-Sheng, 1994. ©Strand Releasing/courtesy Everett Collection

“Vive L’Amour”

©Strand Releasing/Courtesy Everett Collection

Legendary filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang, one of the giants of Taiwan’s Second New Wave, made his long-awaited return to filmmaking last year with “Days,” which IndieWire’s David Ehrlich described as “one of the year’s most touching films.” The auteur has primarily devoted himself to museum installations since announcing his retirement from film in 2013, but he has proved that when he does choose to make movies, the results are worth paying attention to. Now fans of Tsai have even more to look forward to, as Film Movement has announced the theatrical release of a new 2K restoration of “Vive L’Amour,” his 1994 film that won the coveted Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival.

“Vive L’Amour” was Tsai’s second feature film and helped establish his trademark style, which consists of slow, meticulously paced filmmaking featuring gay characters and themes of social alienation. The film is also notable for starring Lee Kang-sheng, who appeared in all of Tsai’s films and is widely seen as the director’s muse. “Vive L’Amour” helped catapult Tsai to the apex of the international filmmaking community, and now fans of the director’s more recent work have the chance to see one of his foundational films on the big screen.

An official synopsis reads: “The sophomore feature from Tsai Ming-liang (‘Rebels of the Neon God;’ ‘Goodbye, Dragon Inn’) finds the acclaimed master of Taiwan’s Second New Wave demonstrating a confident new cinematic voice. ‘Vive L’Amour,’ being released by Film Movement Classics in a stunning 2K restoration, follows three characters unknowingly sharing a supposedly empty Taipei apartment. The beautiful realtor May Lin (Yang Kuei-mei) brings her lover Ah-jung (Chen Chao-jung) to a vacant unit she has on the market, unaware that it is secretly being occupied by the suicidal funeral salesman Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng). The three cross paths in a series of precisely staged, tragicomic erotic encounters, but despite their physical proximity, they find themselves no closer to a personal connection.”

Film Movement will release the 2K restoration of “Vive L’Amour” March 18 at Metrograph in New York City, followed by a rollout in other major markets. Watch the trailer, an IndieWire exclusive, below:

 

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