A City of Sadness

A City of Sadness

Hou Hsiao-Hsien (1989)

151min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, this epic of intimate details puts a human face on the momentous events that buffeted Taiwan between the Japanese surrender in 1945 and the arrival of Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalists four years later. There's a sense of microcosm about the deteriorating widower's household, with one son working as a translator during the occupation, another a deaf mute fighting for independence, the third a petty gangster and the fourth a soldier presumed killed in action. But background knowledge is inessential, as Hou Hsiao-Hsien's subtle compositions and meticulous pacing draw the viewer into the heart of the drama.

Cast & Crew

Lin Wen-Ching Tony Leung (2)
Hinomi Xin Shufen
Lin Wen-Heung Chen Sown-Yung
Lin Wen-Leung Kao Jai
Lin Ah-Lu Li Tianlu
Hinoe Wu Yi-Fang
Shisuko Ikuyo Nakamura
Ah-Ga Kenny Cheung
Mio Chen Shu-Fang
Mr Ko Lin Yang
Mr Lin H T Jan
Director Hou Hsiao-Hsien
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Other Information

Language: Mandarin, Hokkien +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial Eye Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video