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A Confucian Confusion (1994)

Du li shi dai (original title)
After firing a colleague, the head of a PR company begins to question her lifestyle and values.

Director:

Edward Yang
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Cast

Credited cast:
Li-Mei Chen Li-Mei Chen ... Molly's sister
Shiang-chyi Chen ... Qiqi
Yi-wen Chen ... Liren
Danny Deng ... Larry
Kuei-Ying Hsu Kuei-Ying Hsu ... Rehearsal assistant
Hung Hung Hung Hung ... Molly's brother-in-law
Elaine Jin ... Auntie
Richie Li Richie Li ... Feng
Shu-Chun Ni ... Molly
Bosen Wang Bosen Wang ... Akeem
Wei-Ming Wang Wei-Ming Wang ... Ming
Ye-Ming Wang Ye-Ming Wang ... Birdy
Chi-Tung Yu ... Ming's uncle
Mei-Yun Yu Mei-Yun Yu ... Ming's mother
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After firing a colleague, the head of a PR company begins to question her lifestyle and values.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

1 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Confucian Confusion See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei City, Taiwan

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Production Co:

AtomFilms See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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References A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) See more »

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Neat, nice made
1 August 1999 | by johnnnSee all my reviews

When I first came across 'A Confucian Confusion', I expected nothing much. I was wrong, very wrong. It turned out to be a great movie. On one of your 'average' days, go to a video store, then rent and watch it. I guarantee it will be the best thing on your day. ('Average' here means the rest of the days when you don't win lotto or have a date of your life)

The film looks at a sample of modern Taiwanese life. Edward Yang the director, who won some awards for his later film 'Mahjong', focuses at a different part of the taiwanese society. If in 'Mahjong' he tells the story through the darker gangsters-like fraction of the population, here he puts a light above a 'whiter' group of people, mid to upper class men and women trying to cope with the fast living in the money-driven, ever growing Taipei. And that's all the film's about, a window to some Taipei lives in particular and modern taiwan in general. A society as a result, not necessarily an effect, of the very old Confucian philosophy.

Although this movie is categorized as a comedy, don't expect to laugh out loud during this 90 or so minutes. The most you can get are some subtle smiles and a big one out of satisfaction five minutes after it ends, realizing what a great movie it was.

The comedy may come from some 'very interesting'(bizarre, weird, ultra square, whatever you call it) characters, which make a very interesting but incredibly believable premise. This is possible since the story circles around the showbiz, the 'funny' business.

Excellent performances add a hell lot of greatness to this movie. Well, I couldn't say more. You just have to watch it yourself to appreciate this wonderful film.


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