A breathtaking view of isolation and loneliness; Taipei is the setting for the story of three characters who use an empty apartment building for their own purposes, barely aware of the other inhabitants. Slowly, quietly they affect the others' lives. Elliptical, dreamy, with spare dialogue and a rigorous, deliberate pace, Tsai-Ming Liang captures a palpable sense of unrest and disquiet in a lanscape of skyscrapers and industrial ooze. The setting's Taipei, but the characters could be in any big city; alienated, desperate for connection and unable or unsure of how to reach the other souls. There are moments of hilarity and disconcerting emotion, but ultimately the film creates a sense of quiet horror; in Liang's mirror, we are just ghosts taking up space in the concrete.