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The Terrorizers (1986)

Kong bu fen zi (original title)
A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks.

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Cora Miao ...
Zhou Yufang
Pao-Ming Ku ...
The cop (as Paoming Ku)
Wang An
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Shih-Chieh Chin ...
Zhou's lover (as Shi-Jye Jin)
Feng Kang Chu
Shanqun Hong
Jiaqing Huang
Li-Chun Lee ...
Li Lizhong (as Lichun Lee)
Te-Ming Lu
Shaojun Ma
Chonghua Ni
Ming-Yang Shih
Zhiwen Xiao
An-Shun Yu
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A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks.

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The Terrorizers
10 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

After ho-hum reactions to YI YI and BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY, this is the first Yang movie that I liked. The interwoven plot threads slowly reveal themselves in pieces, culminating in a finale that pulls everything together and yet opens up new mysteries. There is some fine cinematography, and the themes of alienation and disconnectedness give you something to chew on. However, I really can only appreciate this on an intellectual level. For me to really love a movie, I have to have some kind of emotional reaction to it. It has to be touching, or amusing, or exciting, or frightening. Like a lot of Antonioni (whose name repeatedly pops up in the reviews of this film), it only left me cold. Only one scene (when the writer weeps in her confused husband's embrace) had any kind of emotional resonance with me. I don't mind a film that makes you think, but there has to be something else to hook me in and encourage me to give it thought. For those who love cinema on a more intellectual level, however, I imagine this would be more rewarding.


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