Film review – Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)

3 June 2008

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien is often compared to the legendary Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu who also had a minimalist approach to filmmaking, which focused on small moments of human emotion. Hou’s episodic, slice-of-life Flight of the Red Balloon is not a children’s film but it pays homage to Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 short The Red Balloon about a French boy who is followed by a mysterious red balloon.

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