The River (He liu)

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Xiao-Kang, a young man who lives a dismal life with his parents in their small Taipei apartment, develops a terrible pain in his neck which no doctor, nor cure can seem to relieve. His mother is having an affair with a man who pirates pornographic videotapes, while his father is pursuing a solitary quest for pleasure in the city's gay bathhouses. Somehow, Xiao-Kang's pain seems to reflect the problems of each of his parents, and the solutions to each seem connected also, in a way that is not rationally explicable.

Cast

Kang-sheng Lee
as Xiao-Kang
Tien Miao
as Father
Ann Hui
as Director
Lu Chiao-Lin
as Mother's Lover
Kuei-Mei Yang
as Girl in Hotel
Ann Huei
as Film Director
Chao-jung Chen
as Young Man at Sauna
Kang-sheng Lee
as Xiao-kang
Tien Miao
as Father
Chang Long
as Mother's Lover
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Critic Reviews for The River (He liu)

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Audience Reviews for The River (He liu)

½

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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