Watched the restoration virtually at NYFF.
It's fascinating to see Jia Zhangke at the start of his career. I still have a few of his films to check out, but I've mostly seen his later films only. Cool to see such a small-scaled movie from him, as his two most recent films span decades. It might be the only film of his without Zhao Tao as a lead. And as a debut, Xiao Wu has some incredibly impressive long takes, with my favorite being the scene where Meimei sings the Wang Faye to Xiao Wu.
I love the use of non-actors, and I just love the overall vibe of the film. The first thirty minutes are a bit less engaging for me, but the romance aspect of the film had me really invested. That hair salon montage with the old Chinese pop song was dope.