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A City of Sadness (1989)

Beiqing chengshi (original title)
The story of a family embroiled in the "White Terror" that was wrought on the Taiwanese people by the Kuomintang government after their arrival from mainland China in the late 1940s.

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Hsiao-Hsien Hou
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Credited cast:
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Wen-ching (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Shu-Fen Hsin ... Hinome
Sung-Young Chen ... Wen-heung
Jack Kao ... Wen Leung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wou Yi Fang Wou Yi Fang ... Hinoiei
Ai-Yun Ho Ai-Yun Ho ... Bg Brother Chie
Chien-Ho Huang Chien-Ho Huang
Chien-ru Huang Chien-ru Huang
Chi-Ying Kao Chi-Ying Kao ... Shopkeeper
Tien-Lu Li Tien-Lu Li ... Ah-lu (as Tian-Lu Li)
Ju Lin Ju Lin
Lih-Ching Lin Lih-Ching Lin ... (as Liqing Lin)
Ching Lu Ching Lu ... Wu's father
Ikuyo Nakamura Ikuyo Nakamura ... Shizuko
Chen-Nan Tsai
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The story of a family embroiled in the "White Terror" that was wrought on the Taiwanese people by the Kuomintang government after their arrival from mainland China in the late 1940s.

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Drama | History

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Average shot length (ASL): 158 minutes / 222 shots = 43 seconds (some takes last over 3 minutes). See more »

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Confucian Cinematic Ritual
21 March 2014 | by cinephilereviewSee all my reviews

This is definitely one of my all-time favorite movies. Before watching A City of Sadness, I subconsciously had this notion that somehow there were certain ways (or methods) feature narrative films should be made. Oh…how wrong I was. Experiencing this movie was like… the first time I saw Asian art, no more like the first time I tasted Chinese food as a kid. It was more than different. It was delightful! This film totally enlightened me! This poetic masterpiece changed the way I view cinema. This film which deals with modernity of Taiwan, feels more like a Confucian ritual, an ancestral rite of some sort. And at the same time like many of Hou Hsiao-hsien's other films, this movie deals with the theme of 'growth'. Hou seems to tell us over and over again that growth is learning to say goodbye to the things we love. One beautiful movie. I strongly recommend it to the cinephiles who haven't yet tasted this great cinematic treat.


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Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan

Release Date:

21 October 1989 (Taiwan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hokkien, China See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,737
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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