Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma) (1985)



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Lung, a former member of the national Little League team and now operator of an old-style fabric business, is never able to shake a longing for his past glory. One day, he runs into a forme teammate who is now a struggling cab driver. The two talk about old times and they are struck by a sense of loss. Lung is living with his old childhood sweetheart Ah-chin, a westernized professional woman who grew up in a traditional family. Although they live together, Ah-chin is always weary of Lung's past liason with another girl. After an argument, Ah-chin tris to find solace by hanging out with her sister's friends, a group of westernized, hedonistic youths.


Critic Reviews for Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Ultimately, "Taipei Story" is bleak yet exhilarating.

Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…

It may not be the complete masterpiece that it has sometimes been hailed as-only a terrifically accomplished and affecting film that is one of many possible entry points into the work of a great filmmaker.

Mar 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Yang's film centers on the slow disintegration of a relationship, an erosion that mirrors the abrading effects of both tradition and modernization.

Mar 14, 2017 | Full Review…

What resonates most from the movie is [Edward] Yang's empathy for his doomed characters.

Mar 17, 2017 | Full Review…

There's a lilting sense of dread, rhythmic but never fully musical, that permeates Taipei Story and infects the people and objects that populate the frame.

Oct 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma)


yang's elegy for lost youth. wonderful storytelling and a touching performance by fellow director hou hsiao-hsien in the lead role

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A bit rough around the edges and with a rather typical 'new wave' stylistic approach (elliptical storytelling, silences with 'meaning', focusing on boring everyday-life activities etc.). It anticipates the beautiful 'A One and a Two' in which this style of filmmaking has matured to a considerable degree. The thematic core of the two films seem to be the same also; the unfulfilled dreams in a life that covers everything under its dust of boredom and routine, and the failure of human contact in the modern city landscape.

George Matalliotakis
George Matalliotakis

Super Reviewer

It doesn't infiltrate the instincts and yet,it meticulously progresses in an atomic bomb of emotions,Yang sweeps the field of urban melancholy,hiring Hou in an unconventional role,the circle of defeat is imminent and what's left is struggling to survive,amidst affairs,friends,nightclubs,shattered dreams...

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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