Ye ben (Fleeing by Night) (2000)


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A woman discovers unexpected rivals for the affections of her fiancée in this drama from Taiwan set in the 1930s and 1940s. Hsu Shaodong (Huang Lei) is a gifted classical musician who is pledged to marry Wei Ying'er (Rene Liu), a young woman whose father owns a theater. However, Hsu Shaodong is attracted to Lin Chung (Yin Chao-te), a star vocalist with the Peking Opera, while Lin is infatuated with wealthy Huang Zilei (Tai Li-jen). While Wei Ying'er deeply loves Hsu Shaodong, as time passes she can't ignore his attraction to other men, which becomes all the more apparent after they leave China and emigrate to the United States. Ye Ben had its American premier at the 2000 Hawaiian Film Festival, where it was shown in competition. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Ye ben (Fleeing by Night)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

While it's all quite tasteful to look at, the attention process tends to do a little fleeing of its own.

May 10, 2002

[Liu's] artistry deepens here, as Ing'er grows from overeager girl to knowing woman, one whose dilemma is as vexing as any she heard sung from the stage of her father's opera house.

May 3, 2002 | Full Review…

An exquisite love story directed with admirable subtlety and sensitivity by Li-kong Hsu and Chi Yin from a superb script by Hui-ling Wang and Ming-xia Wang.

May 3, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An overwrought Taiwanese soaper about three people and their mixed-up relationship.

May 3, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

This dreadfully earnest inversion of the Concubine love triangle eschews the previous film's historical panorama and roiling pathos for bug-eyed mugging and gay-niche condescension.

May 2, 2002 | Full Review…

It's a square, sentimental drama that satisfies, as comfort food often can.

May 2, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5

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