Duli shidai (A Confucian Confusion) (1994)





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Taiwanese society is closely examined in this complex political drama that includes elements of black comedy. The underlying thesis is a call for nouveau riche Asian countries to expand their horizons and reconsider their traditional ways. The relationships within the film are quite convoluted. All the characters are somehow connected by blood, friendship, or sexual chemistry. The story revolves around Molly, a well-born young woman who helms a PR company which is backed by Akeem, her rich boyfriend (to whom Molly's talk show host sister was formerly engaged). Molly's best friend and personal assistant is Qiqi, a former schoolmate from the lower middle class who is to marry Ming, a low-level government employee. Larry, Molly's business manager and friend of Akeem, runs Molly's company. Feng wants to be an actress, and works for Molly while waiting for her big break (she also romances Larry). Birdy is an avante-garde playwright trying to produce his first commercial play. Things heat up when Molly reevaluates her life after firing Feng over a disagreement. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Ni Shujun
as Molly
Wang Yeming
as Birdy
Danny Deng
as Larry
Yan Hongya
as Molly's brother-in-law
Richie Li
as Feng
Chen Limei
as Molly's sister
Yiwen Chen
as Liren
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A film like an unbelievably elaborate ensemble. It also has strong message against meaning of arts and consumeristic lifestyle of people in the big city. Only weak point the film has, if I must say, would be it's just so accurate that sometimes makes you aware of existence of the director's hand behind the screen too strongly.

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

Edward Yang's first comedy is an incredibly funny and nasty jab at the expense of the nouveau riche of Taipei. Shiang-chyi Chen has breakout performance as "Qiqi" who takes an enormous amount of heat from everyone around her who assumes that she has a hidden agenda due to her sweetness and beauty. This film is a tough find in the states but well worth the look.

Generoso Fierro
Generoso Fierro

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