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510 Ratings

Taipei Story

Qing mei zhu ma

Directed by Edward Yang
Taiwan, 1985


Lung, an operator of a fabric business and former member of the national Little League team, lives with his old childhood sweetheart Ah-chin, a westernized professional woman who grew up in a traditional family. Although they live together, Ah-chin is weary of Lung’s past liaison with another girl.

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Taipei Story Directed by Edward Yang
Belying this political, cultural and economic jostling is a profound anxiety – for what Taipei and Taiwan should be, and for what human relationships should consist of. Yang’s haunting coda, drenched in simultaneous delirium and resignation, suggests no definitive answer.
October 01, 2018
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Edward Yang’s Taipei Story (1985) offers a classically Yangian portrait of Taiwanese alienation and quiet anxiety, fractured and plagued by modernization and Americanization, and starring co-writer Hou Hsiao-hsien… As always, Yang, whose second feature this was, shoots and cuts with a jeweler’s squint. It’s essentially perfect.
August 08, 2017
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Like A Brighter Summer Day and Yi Yi, Taipei Story is charged with the urgency of a director attempting to map out a whole society through the interlocking oppositions of gender, class, generation, and cultural persuasion that threaten to pull it apart. But whereas those later works boast the intricate plotting and ensemble acting that have led to his reputation as a novelistic director, Taipei Story is hollowed out and almost airless, qualities that make it feel that much more unforgiving.
May 31, 2017
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