Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989)
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Critic Reviews for Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness)
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness)
This strong and resonant historical drama of unhurried pacing is careful to take its time to shape what it wants to say and find a focus, but the waiting is more than worth it and the result, a work of rich significance, even if it may be hard for the viewers to follow its intricate narrative.
This is the film that put Taiwan on the map of films. It's one of the best films ever made.
The Godfather of Taiwanese cinema. Hou Hsiao Hsien's masterpiece documents the political and social chaos during the birth of the nation through the Lin family, ran by the old patriarch and his three surviving sons. Hou's film builds an elaborate set of relationships between almost a dozen major characters grounded in a volatile social-political environment. Hou's trademark style uses detached long takes and oblique narrative ellipses to make transitions between cuts almost unnoticeable. The repetition of shots works to slowly build up a devastating emotional impact. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Hq1AAkiVI
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