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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A breathtaking and utterly controlled vision of divided social space, divided generational gestalt, divided cultural legacy, divided couples, and divided souls (the selves, here, are indeed perilously divided from themselves). A humbling level of stylistic / formal control and structural sophistication here, belying the fact that this is merely Yang's second feature proper. This is a bleak, high-impact knockout.
'Look at these new cars, where did they come from?' Shattering, a great film from Edward Yang, my first exposure to his work and I am already seeing why people call him one of the masters. The attention to detail within subtle direction makes the emotions conjured by Yang overwhelming. HHH is great, I never thought of him as an actor but he does a fine job, but the city is the star of this one, really. 5/5
For the capital of a country divided between unification and independence, any dream of panacea is eviscerated amidst disposable careers, vacuous friends and consumerist isolation in a cimmerian wasteland of modernization. All relationships are as vacant as the commodified walls of a rented working space. A jock is buried in impotent rage with no future while a nerd becomes fodder for the machine with no history.
Visually and stylistically stunning (instant love with Tsai Chin) piece from taiwanese cinema, depicting modern alienation and the effects of westernization to human relations. The pace was a bit too slow that made the overall film hard to follow.
(Está disponible solo una pésima hasta donde sé). Sobre las fantasías y los posteriores desencantos. Dos personajes principales en la historia. Es la degradación personal al corriente con un nuevo cambio en Taiwan sobre la llegada de un nuevo orden económico. Un hombre aferrado a una cultura ajena (Yang vivió varios años en EEUU) y una mujer con un problema existencial que me recuerda mucho a Antonioni. El extravío.