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Soon after Japan relinquishes control of Taiwan in 1945, the Lin brothers face hardships from the changing culture. Bar owner Wen-heung (Chen Sown-yung), the eldest brother, falls foul of local gangsters, Wen-sun disappears, and Wen-leung, scarred by his experiences in the war, ends up in an insane asylum. Deaf-mute photographer Wen-ching (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), the youngest brother, decides to make a stand and fight the Kuomintang government from China that is assuming power.

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Critic Reviews for A City of Sadness

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (12)

  • 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.

    October 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • It is worth the long wait for the resonance of 'A City of Sadness to emerge.

    August 30, 2004 | Full Review…
  • Beautiful family saga by the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien.

    December 12, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Hou's film, which follows the Lin family's story, is an ambitious attempt to dissolve history into dramatic and poetic terms.

    February 16, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A City of Sadness

  • Mar 19, 2016
    This strong and resonant historical drama moves with a deliberate pace and takes a good time to shape what it wants to say and find a focus, but the waiting is more than worth it and the result full of significance, even if it may be hard for the viewers to follow its intricate narrative.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2007
    This is the film that put Taiwan on the map of films. It's one of the best films ever made.
    Jojo S Super Reviewer

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