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.
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
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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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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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