A thundering rain and fierce winds from the south sent me sailing to Taipei last week. On one early evening I hung out with a friend who was looking to kill some time before high-speed railing it back to Kaohsiung. We brainstormed for ideas, I suggested checking out the Sunflower Movement festivities at the Legislative Yuan, she countered with finding a restaurant famous for its long waiting line, I thought she was kidding, and before I knew it, she was already looking through a website listing such food places o_O. It was a desperate situation, but at last, we agreed on exploring the Maji Maji Square Market, which The Thousandth Girl only had only good things to write about. Sadly, on the weekday evening that we were, the open-air market felt rather desolated, with only a few wandering souls and empty little shops getting ready to close for the day, so we settled the case in less than 30 minutes. Walking back to the MRT, I found out that my friend had not yet visited Eslite Spectrum 誠品松菸, so we made it our next destination.
We first took a stroll in the basement, home of an upscale food court, and also a movie theater, the Eslite Art House. Unlike other big movie theater venues, the Eslite Art House boasts an intimate atmosphere, which I’ll agree with The Thousanth Girl, makes for a perfect place to go on a date. Similar to my beloved Landmark Theaters in the states, the Eslite Art House strives to screen independent films, be it domestic or foreign. I love the concept and execution of the place, and can only hope for the almighty Eslite 誠品 to spawn that idea in Kaohsiung.
Since I don’t live in Taipei, I actually never expected to frequent the place, but the stars must have been aligned last week, as I internally jumped of joy when I saw a huge poster of The Lunchbox, opening that same week! The movie had been on my radar since I saw the trailer last year, but living in Taiwan, I nurtured low hopes of finding a nearby screening. Needless to say, I right away bought some tickets for the not so early early-bird (and I’m totally fine with that) showing at 11:40am on Saturday.
The Lunchbox is a whimsy movie about love and the daily lives of two people, Saajan and Ila, tied by the one out of six millions lunchboxes, known as dabbawalas, that got misdelivered. The film has less food scenes that I imagined but that was enough to wet my appetite, and I still greatly enjoyed the actors’ work and overall story. Whether on a date to impress or not, you’ll leave the theater wanting to taste some of Ila’s cooking, so it will not hurt to make a reservation at your favorite Indian restaurant.
A Tale of Samurai Cooking, opening only on April 11th, is the other culinary movie of the month. From the trailer, It looks rather goofy, and totally my kind of movie as well :D.
Both movies are subtitled in English and Chinese, so you have no reason not to go ;). Also, no matter how warm it is outside, beware of the very efficient Taiwanese air-conditioning, and remember to bring a jacket to avoid freezing half-way through the movie.
Are you aware of any other Eslite Art House type of movie theater in Taiwan? If so, please share in the comments :).