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Taipei Story (1985)

Qing mei zhu ma (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1985 (Taiwan)
2:27 | Clip
Lung is a former member of the national Little League team who lives with his old childhood sweetheart Ah-chin, a traditional family woman. Although they live together, Ah-chin is weary of Lung's past liaison with another girl.


Edward Yang
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Credited cast:
Chin Tsai ... Chin
Hsiao-Hsien Hou ... Lung
I-Chen Ko
Su-Yun Ko ... Gwan
Nien-Jen Wu ... Taxi driver
Hsiu-Ling Lin Hsiu-Ling Lin ... A-Ling
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shu-Fang Chen ... Mrs. Mei
Te-Nan Lai Te-Nan Lai
De-ming Lyu De-ming Lyu
Fang Mei
Peng Sun
Nai-Chu Ting Nai-Chu Ting
Ping-Nan Wu
Li-Yin Yang ... Qin
Shu-yao Yang Shu-yao Yang


Lung, a former member of the national Little League team and now operator of an old-style fabric business, is never able to shake a longing for his past glory. One day, he runs into a forme teammate who is now a struggling cab driver. The two talk about old times and they are struck by a sense of loss. Lung is living with his old childhood sweetheart Ah-chin, a westernized professional woman who grew up in a traditional family. Although they live together, Ah-chin is always weary of Lung's past liason with another girl. After an argument, Ah-chin tris to find solace by hanging out with her sister's friends, a group of westernized, hedonistic youths. Written by Anonymous

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #879. See more »


Lung: He killed someone once. A black person. Later the police came and he was acquitted. He said that in the States, if you see a suspicious person in your yard, and if you can shoot them dead, drag them into your house and plant an unregistered gun on them. They call it self-defense. You're not guilty.
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Cello Suite No.2 in D Minor, BWV.1008 Prelude
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A City of Sadness
14 December 2020 | by XxEthanHuntxXSee all my reviews

Taiwan is a noisy world where modernity is settling very (too) quickly under Japanese and American influences. Taipei Story depicts the life of those in the Taiwanese middle class, the so-called Asian Tigers, and the grimness and competitive struggle for survival ushered in by the economic changes in Taiwan. Its a movie about personal tragedies to the changes themselves (modernization, Westernization, globalization, technology), to the weaknesses of individuals.

Taipei Story contains a lot of "casual scenes" which holds low value to the overall story but an enormous amount to the general atmospherical feel to the film. Together with these scenes, the tranquillizing still and slow photo and let alone the slow pacing of the movie, let's us better get a grip of understanding about the life the people involved in the story.

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Min Nan | Mandarin | Hokkien

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1985 (Taiwan) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,333, 19 March 2017

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1.85 : 1
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