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7 August 1997 (Taiwan) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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A Film of Shocking Power See more (21 total) »

Cast

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Tien Miao ... Father
Kang-sheng Lee ... Kang-Sheng, Xiao-Kang
Yi-Ching Lu ... Mother (as Hsiao-Ling Lu)

Ann Hui ... Director (as Anne Hui)
Shiang-chyi Chen ... Girl
Chao-jung Chen ... Anonymous Man
Shiao-Lin Lu ... Mother's lover (as Long Chang)
Kuei-Mei Yang ... Girl in Hotel
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Directed by
Ming-liang Tsai 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ming-liang Tsai 
Yi-chun Tsai 
Pi-ying Yang 

Produced by
Shun-Ching Chiu .... producer
Hu-pin Chung .... executive producer
Li-Kong Hsu .... producer
Shih-Yuan Lin .... line producer
Shih-Fang Wang .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Pen-jung Liao 
 
Film Editing by
Sheng-Chang Chen 
Chen-Ching Lei 
 
Production Design by
Tony Lan 
 
Art Direction by
Pao-Lin Lee 
 
Set Decoration by
Nien-Chiu Cheng 
Mu-Shan Kuo 
 
Costume Design by
Wang Yu 
 
Makeup Department
Pei-Wen Yen .... additional hair stylist
Pei-Wen Yen .... additional makeup artist
Chou Zenia .... hair stylist
Chou Zenia .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Chih-ming Huang .... production manager
Hui-Chin Lin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pei-Chun Chen .... assistant director
Ming-Tai Wang .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Din-I Hu .... foley artist
Yuan-Feng Tsao .... foley artist
Ching-Ang Yang .... production sound mixer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Chao .... wardrobe mistress
 
Other crew
San-Ling Chang .... overseas coordinator
Helen Dei .... script supervisor
Yi-Mei Luo .... overseas coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"He liu" - Taiwan (original title)
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115 min | Germany:116 min
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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 »
Quotes:
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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Follows Vive L'Amour (1994)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Film of Shocking Power, 11 May 2000
Author: scr1ve from England

Although the first thing that strikes you about 'The River' is its measured pace and relaxed narrative style, you will soon feel yourself giving up the rein to this film that demands respect.

It is a film that documents social decline in the modern world, a kind of alienation and dysfunction that has become a staple of arthouse cinema, and yet treats it with such originality and audacity that it seems brand new all over again. It is the kind of film I like: the kind of film that uses 'dead time', the type pioneered by Antonioni, that establishes the film within a natural context and long takes that never disrupt the time-truth of the images, resulting in film that hardly ever manipulates or patronizes the audience. It relies instead on the understanding that the audience will accept (or possibly relish in) the films distinctly alternative themes and form. Indeed, the film has its flaws, as all films must, but I feel that it is the measured pace that will test most- don't let it! After-all, it is only 114 minutes long.

A film laced with a quite understatement that explodes towards the end in a finale that is, in my viewing experience, un-equaled in its shocking power. Recommended.

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