The River (He liu) (1997)
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Tsai Ming-Liang's The River, the Taiwanese master's third feature, opens with a chance encounter between Xiao-Kang (Lee Kang-Sheng) and an old friend (Chen Shiang-Chyi), an unexpected meeting that sets this bleak and ultimately disturbing film on its course. Persuaded to accompany his friend to a film set where she works as a production assistant, Xiao-Kang is recruited by the director to play a corpse floating in a polluted river. After the shoot, Xiao-Kang struggles to wash the river's stench
Nov 1, 1997 Wide
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Tsai is so adept at pacing and mood, and so good at capturing a sense of yearning, that his film draws us in despite its unusually long takes and sparse cutting.
The result is a stunning surreal film that remains unexplored in all the mysteries it holds, just like the river that flows in the city.
The River is difficult and unpleasant at times, but as a somber metaphor for contaminated lives, it's masterful.
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