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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Aditya Watts's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    September '17. Not quite the genius we see in Flowers of Shanghai or Three Times - films where Hou masters and innovates cinema, this is a more traditional, sober film.

  2. Genadijus L.'s rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Profound tale of Taivan's history is shown from the point of four brothers, their intense and dramatic lives during the shifting moments in the country. Hsiao-Hsien Hou's film gives unusual structure full of detailed views of day-to-day life, social and economic conditions, but most of all this striking poetic feeling of Taiwanese cultural identity.

  3. Jeremiah Johnson's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Most enjoyable of the trilogy. I watched a beautiful 35mm print, enjoyed every frame of it. The film begins with an extensive written prologue accompanied by photos explaining Taiwan's post WW2 history(Nationalists vs Communists) and its effect on one family. So not tediously political but also a good history lesson. Tony Leung steals the show with a non speaking role.

  4. FISCHER's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Oeuvre en forme de saga historique où se mêlent destins personnels et bouleversements nationaux, avec une maestria évidente... www.cinefiches.com

  5. Renton47's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    One of my favourite subgenres - the individual submerged by the weight of history. HHH creates an intimate tragedy about the ways in which the political is always personal, and unrest in national stability often cause neglected (or sanctioned) casualties. I had minor issues (prob cultural) with recognising all characters/relationships, easily overlooked by gorgeous tableaux and Hou's epic vision.

  6. sodr2's rating of the film A City of Sadness

  7. Diderot's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    A soothingly watchable film about the melancholy of history and being caught up in it.

  8. waywardwaters's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Immeasurably more valid than ‘The Godfather’ but the rose-tinted Stockholm syndrome ensures it as little more than dramatist disaster porn laid on too thickly with the metaphors of disability. The iris is unmistakingly arthouse but the crux of the film unmitigatedly collapses under its own weight of excessive humanism and exploitation of tragedy, rendering it with less objectivity and sincerity than prescribed.

  9. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Una película sobre lo decadente. Es la mirada a una familia en tiempos de la represión política. Lo que inicia como un proceso de independencia, no es más que una transcisión. Hsiao-Hsien, típico de su cine, indaga en los lazos familiares. Sus conflictos no son mas que motivados por la coyuntura, una que trae carencias, violencia y miedo. Lo mejor es la austeridad temporal. De un momento a otro son años más tarde.

  10. Nom de plume's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    HHH is a master in creating intimate movies about individual people that feel very epic. And Tony Leung's amazing performance makes City of Sadness stand out even more in his filmography than it already does.

  11. ani k's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Beautiful film, one with such a realistic and sweeping depiction of the most tumultuous period for Taiwan as a young nation that I felt bound to the hopes and fears of the characters. The martial law years are not a topic the grandmothers and grandfathers of Taiwan are eager to discuss-- and for this reason I feel inclined to love the film all the more, knowing the quiet sorrow in which the Taiwanese endured onward.

  12. darameja's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Hou Hsiao-hsien is a great storyteller for Taiwan who pioneered in retelling stories of some very horrific an painful events that have been a taboo topic during martial law years. Instead of portraying horror and pointing blaming fingers, he took a different approach, coherent with meditative style of his filmmaking. Hou's films are an existential lament about tragedies that people face in winds of historical changes

  13. ihor's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Slow burning detailed depiction of Taiwan after WWII through a family. Many shots are simple and unglamorous yet wonderful flowing with the calm pace of the film as time continually passes. Yet the pace and at times the lack of comprehension in the plot is irritating as history continually unfolds in the background with little detail with only familial effects depicted as minimalism is at times pushed too far.

  14. Mellow Dude's rating of the film A City of Sadness

  15. João Eça's rating of the film A City of Sadness

  16. joey Noodles's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    420 characters is not nearly enough to even make the most minute dent on the surface of why this film is so incredible. No hesitation in calling it one of the finest films ever made. 5/5

  17. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    One of Tony Leung's greatest and most complex performances is in this powerful drama!

  18. mikolaj kunicki's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    How one can see this movie in the U.S.? Any tips? The stinking Netflix used to have his "Puppet Master," but then lost it, our site can't play it here. What to do? The access problem has been more and more acute here and it's REALLY annoying.

  19. TFCHooligan69's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Incredible experience in a theatrical setting. Another first-time viewing for me. A masterpiece of global cinema, not just Taiwanese.

  20. REH1101's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    For all of you weirdos out there who aren't proficient speakers of Mandarin, you can get a copy with English subtitles here - http://www.notavailableondvd.com/index.php?productID=1881

  21. oopyman's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    "it's amazing but i couldn't finish it, because there was smoking in every shot. yes it is a part of the story but come on " what are you retarded?

  22. rado's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    it's amazing but i couldn't finish it, because there was smoking in every shot. yes it is a part of the story but come on

  23. The Future Mr. Gitts's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Hou's graceful direction makes the epic intimate, the national personal. A grand piece of filmmaking that deserves more recognition in the United States.

  24. Alex Vizitiu's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    City of Sadness is in many ways Hou Hsiao Hsien's masterpiece, it is an epic done in his inimitable style, with beautiful cinematography, poetic dialogue and characters filed with bitterness and sweatness to themselves.

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