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Cities of Last Things (2018)

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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Wi Ding Ho

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Wi Ding Ho
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lu Huang
Hong-Chi Lee
Igor Kovic ... Ara's Father
Louise Grinberg Louise Grinberg
Ivy Yin
Linda Jui-Chi Liu
Kuo-Chu Chang
Ning Ding
Jack Kao
Eric Tu
Ching-Ting Hsia
Chin-Hang Shih
Ming-Shuai Shih
Chang-Ying Hsieh Chang-Ying Hsieh
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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Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Taiwan | China | USA | France

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

26 October 2018 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Xing Fu Cheng Shi See more »

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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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