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The River (1997)

He liu (original title)
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In Taiwan, Xiao-kang, a young man in his early 20s, lives with his parents in near silence. He is plagued by severe neck pain. His father is bedeviled by water first leaking into his ... See full summary »

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In Taiwan, Xiao-kang, a young man in his early 20s, lives with his parents in near silence. He is plagued by severe neck pain. His father is bedeviled by water first leaking into his bedroom and then flooding the apartment; rain is incessant. Xiao-kang's mother is overcome by sexual longing for her son, sometimes making seemingly incestuous overtures. They try virtually every intervention for Xiao-kang's neck: Western medicine, a chiropractor, acupuncture, an herbal doctor, and a faith healer, Master Liu. Are the family's silent dynamics and Xiao-kang's neck pain connected? And what about the body floating in the Tamsui River: is everything dead? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The director of the movie in which Xiao-Keng floats in the river is played by real-life Hong Kong director Ann Hui. See more »

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Girl: Hsiao-kang, I want to go pee. Could you turn off the lights?
[Hsiao-kang turns off the lights]
Girl: The curtains, too.
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I don't get it
19 November 2011 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw the rating here, so I watched the movie. Well, I don't understand the rating. I read some reviews here, I still don't understand.

Of course, some scenes are very well shot, acting is good and so on. But a story with no development, (almost) no dialogues, no surprises just can't be a good story. And movie without a (good) story can't be a good movie.

To watch a boring life on screen is even more boring than living a boring life.

So it's just boring and weird... despite the interesting idea, good acting and directing. Which is sad, since the movie had huge potential!

But I can imagine there are quite some people out, who like this movie... But you need a really special taste.


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