Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) Reviews

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.
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.
June 24, 2006
Hou turns in a masterpiece of small gestures and massive resonance; once you surrender to its spell, the obscurities vanish.
August 30, 2004
It is worth the long wait for the resonance of 'A City of Sadness to emerge.
December 12, 2002
Beautiful family saga by the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien.
August 14, 2019
Watching 'A City of Sadness' will give you a feel for all the different ways that people, even to this day, disagree about how to tell the story of Taiwan's past.
May 20, 2014
Hou Hsiao-Hsien's subtle compositions and meticulous pacing draw the viewer into the heart of the drama.
October 29, 2011
A cinematic behemoth, something grand, incomplete, and sweeping.
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.
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.
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.