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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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Written by Kenny Loggins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
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Underrated Masterpiece
6 October 2020 | by kikotg-88956See all my reviews

I just want to start by saying that I think this is way way more than a film about a couple, it's in reality a film about 3 generations and how they interact with each other in this especific time and in this especific place - Taiwan in a especific situation. The main character represents the past and chin the future, when it's all combined it's just a beautiful and complex story apout Taipei and itss people. Every frame is beautiful just amazing to look at, I don't know how but he just finds new ways of showing scenes that to me revolutionized the way I see and think of scenes. The relationships displayed here are once again a fundamental focus of Yang but the background and the context is what diferenciates him from every other director. He had a vision and a unique way of showing that same vision through film. I feel extremely overwhelmed watching his pictures, they are full of life and awareness and makes me fascinated and intrigued how on earth is it possible to make movies like he does.

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Min Nan | Mandarin | Hokkien

Release Date:

1985 (Taiwan) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,333, 19 March 2017

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Evergreen Film Company See more »
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1.85 : 1
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