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Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness)

Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989)

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Seen through the prism of the Lin family, this complex family drama from Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao Hsien details a brief but crucial moment in Taiwanese history between 1945, when 50 years of Japanese colonial rule came to an end, and 1949, when Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Kuomintang forces established a government-in-exile after the Communist army captured mainland China. The film opens with the reedy voice of Emperor Hirohito announcing Japan's surrender as the eldest of the Lin clan's four

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A City of Sadness is a great film, one that will be watched as long as there are people who care about the movies as an art.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Hou turns in a masterpiece of small gestures and massive resonance; once you surrender to its spell, the obscurities vanish.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It is worth the long wait for the resonance of 'A City of Sadness to emerge.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Beautiful family saga by the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien.

December 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Hou Hsiao-Hsien's subtle compositions and meticulous pacing draw the viewer into the heart of the drama.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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A City of Sadness compassionately articulates the suppressed, silent despair of a people repeatedly victimised as they search for inclusion and cultural identification.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema
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The film is so complicated that you can understand why a number of Taiwanese magazines published family trees to help viewers follow each character's story, but if you can get to grips with it this is a fascinating history lesson.

July 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Film4
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An ambitiously conceived, sometimes frustratingly elliptical family chronicle that shows one family's experience immediately following the Japanese occupation of the nation.

December 11, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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This is the film that put Taiwan on the map of films. It's one of the best films ever made.
October 21, 2009
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