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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
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Wou Yi Fang ...
Hinoiei
Ai-yun Ho ...
Bg Brother Chie
Chien-ru Huang
Tian-Lu 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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This was the first Taiwanese film to be shot in direct sound. Director Hsiao-hsien Hou wanted to capture the varied dialects and accents of his actors, reflecting the film's concern for the complex, heterogeneous origins of modern Taiwan. See more »

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Quiet transcendence
26 January 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

A previous poster described this film as a Taiwanese Godfather, but better. Indeed, this film has a lot similarities to godfather, in which the most notable is the condensation of an entire nation into the life of one single family. Even though I never really come to love other Hou's films, City of Sadness is a flawless epic that truthfully depict an era that is forgotten by most of my generation. I have heard those stories from my paternal grandparents, who are like people portrait in the film, grass root Taiwanese. I have also heard stories from my maternal grandparents, who are the late comers from mainland China. The entire different perspectives surprised me that in such a small nation, mistrust is still profoundly rooted and transmitted via generations. City of Sadness portraits this image so hauntingly and yet with beautiful and quiet transcendence seeing the turmoil through the eyes of the deaf and mute son of the Lin family. Taiwan, the city of sadness, is eternally sorrowful because of its rootlessness, which until today, still runs in my blood.


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