This is Tsai's most hilarious work, going beyond his usual brand of deadpan comedy. However, this also turns out to be the one drawback. Tsai goes a little bit too far over the top and at times the goofiness feels forced. It's a shame, because in a lot of ways this could considered his masterpiece. It's the culmination of all his work up to that point, the water/watermelon metaphors are fascinating, the musical sequences are beautiful, and the climax is shocking without being gratuitous.