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The Missing (2003)

Bu jian (original title)
A grandmother is looking for her grandson, a teenager for his grandfather.

Director:

Kang-sheng Lee

Writers:

Sung Hsi (narrative), Kang-sheng Lee
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yi-Ching Lu
Chieh Chang
Tien Miao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shiang-chyi Chen
Tsai-Ting Chen Tsai-Ting Chen
Yi-Chieh Chiu Yi-Chieh Chiu
Kuo-Cheng Huang Kuo-Cheng Huang
Kang-sheng Lee
Yi Cheng Lee
Cheng-Ying LI Cheng-Ying LI
Hui-Chin Lin Hui-Chin Lin
Chun Shih
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A grandmother is looking for her grandson, a teenager for his grandfather.

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

12 December 2003 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Agnooumenoi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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A bold debut from one who has learned from the best.
13 May 2004 | by recon_simon2See all my reviews

It's hard to watch 'The Missing' without thinking about Tsai Ming Liang, particularly as it is directed by the actor that Tsai "fetishises" in his films, Lee Kang Sheng. On the face of it, Lee's film is similar to many of Tsai's films - long, slow shots, a somewhat alienated camera aspect, and some familiar faces (for example Tien Miao, who plays the father figure in Tsai's films).

But 'The Missing' deals with the emotional predicaments of the characters in a very different way to say 'Bu San' (released at the same time). Here, the unrelenting long takes give the character's emotions a rawness, yet we are left with a feeling of loneliness, rather than intimacy. Lee also opts for a more conventional, even "Western", story pattern.

While it lacks the cinematic genius of Tsai Ming Liang's work, it is a fine debut, emotive and sensitively explored, and Lee's experience as an actor has well equipped him to produce some excellent performances from his cast, particularly from his lead actress.


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