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528 Ratings

A City of Sadness

Beiqing chengshi

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, 1989


This intimate epic chronicles the tragedies that befall the three Lin brothers, and those around them during a chaotic period in Taiwan’s national history, between the end of Japanese Imperial rule (1945) and the secession from Mainland China and creation of martial law (1949-1987).

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A City of Sadness Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1989 | 3 wins including: UNESCO Award

Berlin International Film Festival


Film Independent Spirit Awards

1991 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Toronto International Film Festival


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