Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 6, 2014
The movie conveys the director's intensely personal struggle at the crossroads of large-scale history and private memory; with understatedly bitter irony, he depicts the birth of a nation at the price of a family's dissolution.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
May 20, 2014
Hou Hsiao-Hsien's subtle compositions and meticulous pacing draw the viewer into the heart of the drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Acquarello
Senses of Cinema
July 30, 2010
A City of Sadness compassionately articulates the suppressed, silent despair of a people repeatedly victimised as they search for inclusion and cultural identification.

Film4
July 4, 2006
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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Tony Rayns
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Hou turns in a masterpiece of small gestures and massive resonance; once you surrender to its spell, the obscurities vanish.
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Caryn James
New York Times
August 30, 2004
It is worth the long wait for the resonance of 'A City of Sadness to emerge.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2002
Beautiful family saga by the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
December 11, 2002
An ambitiously conceived, sometimes frustratingly elliptical family chronicle that shows one family's experience immediately following the Japanese occupation of the nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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