Kai (Jackie Yao) works in his parent's restaurant while he pines for his girlfriend who's gone to Paris. Each day he practices his French at the local bookstore to prepare for their reunification. There he meets Susie (Amber Kuo) the adorable staff member who shelves books around him and looks more than a little bummed when she learns why he wants to learn French. But she gamely tries to suggest a more effective approach of him taking a class, even as Kai is barely aware of her. When Kai is dumped (a spoiler, sorry - but an obvious one) he goes to Mr. Bao the local criminal type (albeit a sweet, romantic one) to borrow the money for the trip. Bao has one favor to ask of Kai involving the delivery of a package that involves his retirement score. This attracts the Bao's nephew Hong's attention (Lawrence Ko channeling Pee Wee Herman) who is simultaneously one of the weakest, and funniest (though sympathy inducing) criminal wanna-be you've seen in a while.
The crazy night that follows Kai and Susie's adventure along that with a variety of other characters is just huge pure romantic comedy fun. Writing this is making one scene after another pop to mind for me for me as I smile. It's not necessarily that you haven't seen this material before. But the combination of characters and their performances are just very entertaining together. Though you might want to scope out a place to eat afterwards as the tour through Tapei's street food will leave you craving dumplings at the very least.
The film has the little touches right as well a jazzy score that makes me think of recent Woody Allen films and nighttime wanderings that evoke a comic version of Before Sunrise (in a good way regardless of where you stand on the Ethan Hawke question). Kai and Susie make a cute couple. But the highest praise in my book must be reserved for Kai's best friend Gao (Paul Chian). As the innocent friend Gao, an expert of where to get dumplings, how to charm your kidnappers and the displayer of mad mah-jong skillz he steals every scene he's in. And I desperately want to see the sequel where he finally gets up the nerve to ask out Peach his co-worker at the convenient store. Even if he doesn't ever actual ask her that film would be a delight.
Just go see the movie. You may not be the sappy romantic I am - but even if you don't give it a perfect score I can't imagine you won't at least somewhat enjoy the ride.
Oh, and I'm recommending the creation of a campaign to enter Paul Chian (aka Gao) for the Golden Space Needle best actor slot. Vote early and often.