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
Sep 4, 1989 Wide
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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.
Hou turns in a masterpiece of small gestures and massive resonance; once you surrender to its spell, the obscurities vanish.
It is worth the long wait for the resonance of 'A City of Sadness to emerge.
Beautiful family saga by the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien's subtle compositions and meticulous pacing draw the viewer into the heart of the drama.
A City of Sadness compassionately articulates the suppressed, silent despair of a people repeatedly victimised as they search for inclusion and cultural identification.
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.
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