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Cities of Last Things (2018)

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi | 11 July 2019 (USA)
This is a story about a common man who has extraordinary events in his mundane life. The film depicts the protagonist's turns of events in three eras, three seasons, three nights, in the same city, as told with reverse chronology.

Director:

Wi Ding Ho

Writer:

Wi Ding Ho
6 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Kao ... Zhang Dong Ling (Mature)
Hong-Chi Lee ... Zhang Dong Ling (Young)
Louise Grinberg ... Ara
Ning Ding ... Big Sister Wang
Lu Huang ... Yu Fang (Young)
Linda Jui-Chi Liu ... Yu Fang (Mature)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ching-Ting Hsia ... Ah Long
Chang-Ying Hsieh
Igor Kovic ... Ara's Father
Yi Dai Kuo ... Manager (as Kenny Kuo)
Ming-Sen Lin ... Zhang Jia Jun
Chin-Hang Shih
Ming-Shuai Shih ... Xiao He
Eric Tu
Chun-hao Tuan
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This is a story about a common man who has extraordinary events in his mundane life. The film depicts the protagonist's turns of events in three eras, three seasons, three nights, in the same city, as told with reverse chronology.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film premiered at TIFF in Canada in September 2018. See more »

Soundtracks

Carta de Amor
Written by McBride, Cameron
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The injustice of life
13 September 2018 | by chong_anSee all my reviews

In a Chinese city of the future, where happiness is the creed and suicide a secular sin, a pensioner jumps to his death from a tall building. What follows are 3 episodes from his life, told in reverse order. There is the last day of his life, his time as a police officer, and his time as a wayward youth. Each earlier-in-life episode explains his actions later in life. This is interesting storytelling, slightly marred for me by not realizing that there were only 3 main time periods, and therefore trying unnecessarily to figure out if we had moved to an earlier time. From the director Q+A at the Toronto International Film Festival, the English title is inspired by the book Country of Last Things, while the Chinese title is Happiness City (Ironically, I believe).


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Country:

Taiwan | China | France | USA

Language:

Mandarin | English | French

Release Date:

11 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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