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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Adam Metwally's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    There's a strong "final family photo" at the end to really punctuate the emotion of the narrative, and which I believe is ripped straight from Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny & Alexander." The rest of the film however, has very little to offer in vision and idea.

  2. Ethan's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    This is a stark and poignant look at a country in turmoil and the ideals that clash for control. A very human drama that focuses on the people affected by the conflict without overstating the issue. This is intimate filmmaking that transcends the cinema.

  3. Duncan Gray's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    Is Hou a great storyteller? Depends what you mean. Someone from the David Lean school would handle the saga of a family caught in history much differently. But Hou's style is perfect in sync with the story's deaf-and-mute photographer: able to perceive so much but agonizing over how to act. A beautiful and rich epic, full of so many changes in fortune that you join them in looking at it all and clinging to hope.

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

    I think it's too didactic for its own good. It never became engaging to me, it never became a film and presents itself like a textbook. It's fair to say, overall, I am not the right audience for this.

  5. Naoya Kugimiya's rating of the film A City of Sadness

  6. Glim Ho's rating of the film A City of Sadness

    我们都在水里,你站在那里看着,指指点点,有个屁用

  7. Masoud Einabadi's rating of the film A City of Sadness

  8. Aldo vs's rating of the film A City of Sadness

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

    Era Uma Vez na América, sendo em Taiwan. Tony Leung, melhor ator do mundo.

  10. Luca Di Gianni's rating of the film A City of Sadness

  11. 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.

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

    A film that depicts Taiwan post-WWII after having been restored to China with Japans defeat, which bode poorly for those with political differences and brought upon cultural confusion and unrest to the country. Not easy to grasp from an outsiders perspective, but a fascinating history lesson nonetheless.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

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

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