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Kong bu fen zi (1986)

A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks.

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Edward Yang
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cora Miao Cora Miao ... Zhou Yufang
Li-Chun Lee ... Li Lizhong (as Lichun Lee)
Wang An Wang An ... Young female criminal
Pao-Ming Ku ... The cop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Feng Kang Chu Feng Kang Chu
Chia-ching Huang Chia-ching Huang ... (as Jiaqing Huang)
Shan-Chun Hung Shan-Chun Hung ... (as Shanqun Hong)
Shih-Chieh King ... Zhou's lover
Ming Liu
Te-Ming Lu Te-Ming Lu
Shao-Chun Ma Shao-Chun Ma ... (as Shaojun Ma)
Chung-Hua Ni Chung-Hua Ni ... (as Chonghua Ni)
Ming-Yang Shih Ming-Yang Shih
Zhiwen Xiao Zhiwen Xiao
An-Shun Yu
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A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks.

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Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

19 December 1986 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Terrorizers See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei, Taiwan See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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The Terrorizers
10 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

After ho-hum reactions to YI YI and BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY, this is the first Yang movie that I liked. The interwoven plot threads slowly reveal themselves in pieces, culminating in a finale that pulls everything together and yet opens up new mysteries. There is some fine cinematography, and the themes of alienation and disconnectedness give you something to chew on. However, I really can only appreciate this on an intellectual level. For me to really love a movie, I have to have some kind of emotional reaction to it. It has to be touching, or amusing, or exciting, or frightening. Like a lot of Antonioni (whose name repeatedly pops up in the reviews of this film), it only left me cold. Only one scene (when the writer weeps in her confused husband's embrace) had any kind of emotional resonance with me. I don't mind a film that makes you think, but there has to be something else to hook me in and encourage me to give it thought. For those who love cinema on a more intellectual level, however, I imagine this would be more rewarding.


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