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Beiqíng chéngshì (1989)

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

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Wen-ching (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Shu-fen Hsin ...
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Wen Leung
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Bg Brother Chie
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Chien-ru Huang
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Ah-lu
Ju Lin
Lih-Ching Lin ...
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Shizuko
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 Leung Chiu-Wai'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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Followed by Hao nan hao nu (1995) See more »

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Beautiful; a Taiwanese "Godfather," but better.
7 January 2001 | by (Burke, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

This is the only one of Hou Hsiao-hsien's films I caught at a retrospective of his work, and it's a tragedy because this film is so incredibly good. Hou's rigorous formal approach (highly geometrical framing, repetitive shots along axes, distinctive use of lived-in colors) provides a framework for the film to operate within its own world. Whereas Coppola's "Godfather" goes this way and that, without a significant coherence, visually or rhythmically, "City of Sadness" feels like an elegy to Taiwan and the family (in much the same way that "Underground" is an ode to what was once Yugoslavia). At times funny, sorrowful, and invigorating, I suppose that what makes this film so special is that it refuses to operate in "big moments" and focuses, like Ozu (who Hou is often compared to) on the little events that make life what it really is.


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