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Qing mei zhu ma

Edward Yang Taiwan, 1985

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Taipei Story

Of the four Yang films I've seen, this is loosest, but his loving eye comes through: actions that may seem paradoxical are instead relatable in a cast of characters who have been deposited into adulthood and left to grapple with a mixture of indecision, insecurity, and regret. Note the bookended structure: empty rooms that promise a new life, but finally with a guarded distrust that the promise can be fulfilled.