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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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A dark philosophical meditation on environmental disaster 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

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

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A dark philosophical meditation on environmental disaster, 8 August 2001
Author: James Harford from New York City, USA



The action of this film is so slow that I couldn't help being disturbed by the popcorn muncher behind me two rows back. It was such an existential experience, I found myself reasoning the sounds behind me were no less banal than the ones on the screen and it would do no good to complain.

This is a film that the missing time between scenes plays as much a part of the film as what is on the screen.

Like a meditative fragment from the presocratic philosophers "the River" is an assemblage of 24 sequential still images replayed to create the illusion of motion and Tsai takes each long, drawn out sequential scene and removes so much in between to maintain fluidity the audience is forced to fill in the gaps to complete the story.

Like Ingmar Bergman's "Cries and Whispers" disease is a metaphor creeping its way into the lives of a pool of people. But Tsai, has removed the beautiful image, and the mysticism. He hammers a cold story directly into the psyche. Emphasizing fleeting connections between the disconnected, "the River" is more than the filthy river that may or may not be the source of the main characters problem but a degraded class of people without hope of understanding what's happening to them.

Be prepared for a devastating and harsh illustration of gender confusion and environmental disaster.

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