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A City of Sadness (1989)
"Bei qing cheng shi" (original title)

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A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

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Wen-heung
Jack Kao ...
Wen Leung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wou Yi Fang ...
Hinoiei
Ai-yun Ho ...
Bg Brother Chie
Chien-ru Huang
Tianlu Li ...
Ah-lu
Ju Lin
Lih-Ching Lin ...
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Ikuyo Nakamura ...
Shizuko
Chen-Nan Tsai
Chang-Chiang Yang
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A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

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21 October 1989 (Taiwan)  »

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A Cidade da Dor  »

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Tony Chiu Wai Leung's character was made a deaf-mute because the film used direct sound and Leung could not convincingly speak Mandarin or Taiwanese. See more »

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Confucian Cinematic Ritual
21 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is definitely one of my all-time favorite movies. Before watching A City of Sadness, I subconsciously had this notion that somehow there were certain ways (or methods) feature narrative films should be made. Oh…how wrong I was. Experiencing this movie was like… the first time I saw Asian art, no more like the first time I tasted Chinese food as a kid. It was more than different. It was delightful! This film totally enlightened me! This poetic masterpiece changed the way I view cinema. This film which deals with modernity of Taiwan, feels more like a Confucian ritual, an ancestral rite of some sort. And at the same time like many of Hou Hsiao-hsien's other films, this movie deals with the theme of 'growth'. Hou seems to tell us over and over again that growth is learning to say goodbye to the things we love. One beautiful movie. I strongly recommend it to the cinephiles who haven't yet tasted this great cinematic treat.


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