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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
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lu Huang
Louise Grinberg Louise Grinberg
Hong-Chi Lee
Ivy Yin
Linda Jui-Chi Liu
Jack Kao
Ning Ding
Chin-Hang Shih
Ming-Shuai Shih
Chun-hao Tuan
Ching-Ting Hsia
Eric Tu
Kenny Kuo ... Manager
Chang-Ying Hsieh Chang-Ying Hsieh
Joey Yu ... Little Six
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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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Country:

Taiwan | China | France | USA

Language:

Mandarin | English | French

Release Date:

11 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Face à la nuit See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In preparing for her role, Ding Ning practiced her character's world weary gestures and mannerisms at home. However, she lives with young children, so she practiced the cigarette holding with a ballpoint pen instead. See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Sonata (Piano Sonata No. 14)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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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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