It seems that Vive L'Amour (1994) was Taiwanese director MIng-liang Tsai's break out film. It is a story of modern alienation and a product of slow cinema that won several awards including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Tsai Ming-liang creates a spare, subtle, and incisive picture of loneliness and isolation by juxtaposing the ambient sounds of the city with minimal dialogue among the characters. Three characters inhabit a vacant apartment in Taipei. Hsiao-Kang (Lee Kang-sheng), a young salesman lacking confidence steals keys left in the door lock of a vacant apartment and decides to move in. May Lin (Yang Kuei Mei), a real estate agent, and the seemingly most conventional or "normal" character in this film is ultimately the most miserable, meets street merchant, Ah-Jung (Chen Chao-jung) and takes him to the vacant apartment for their tryst. He steals keys for the apartment from May Lin and returns not knowing that Hsia-Kang is already there. The film final minutes are devoted the prolonged crying of May Lin in a park and is the film's most memorable scene of quite desperation.