The River

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Movie Info

A young man (Lee Kang-sheng) develops a mysterious pain in his neck after floating in a river for a film shoot.

Cast & Crew

Lee Kang-sheng
Kang-Sheng, Xiao-Kang
Chao-jung Chen
Anonymous Man
Lu Shiao-lin
Mother's lover
Ann Hui
Director
Yang Pi-ying
Writer
Tsai Yi-chun
Writer
Hsu Li-kong
Producer
Chung Hu-ping
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Critic Reviews for The River (He liu)

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Audience Reviews for The River (He liu)

  • Feb 25, 2016
    In his third film, Tsai moves his focus to the nuclear family and creates his most depressing work to date - perhaps a bit too depressing for its own sake -, as it follows a group of characters whose murky lives flow like a river through isolation and lack of communication in modern Taipei.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2013
    some don't like tsai's pacing but i have found him mesmerizing and this is certainly no exception. and while many considered it bleak, i saw it more as a black comedy. i'm watching tsai's films in order which isn't strictly necessary i guess but i do believe there is an overarching narrative and this is an important piece of the puzzle. to be continued...
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2012
    A very hard film to watch while at the same time riveting, here is a somber look at the modern family, where no one shares the same interests, everyone lives separate lives except for the occasional meal or two. The roof is leaking and getting worse and no one knows why ... a disturbing work, and for adults only.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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