Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma) (1985)
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Critic Reviews for Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma)
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.
Yang's film centers on the slow disintegration of a relationship, an erosion that mirrors the abrading effects of both tradition and modernization.
What resonates most from the movie is [Edward] Yang's empathy for his doomed characters.
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
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.
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...
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