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Hsiao-Hsien Hou

A City of Sadness (Beiqing chengzhi)

Edition 1995
157' - 1989 - Drama - Dialogue: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou Composer: Naoki Tachikawa With: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Shu-Fen Hsin, Sung-Young Chen
Through the experience of a large family, this film examines one of the most sensitive chapters in Taiwan's history. The film opens in 1945 when the Japanese colonial rule was replaced by the Nationalists from China. The arrival of the Nationalists brought an uncertain future and fears about past associations with the Japanese. In Keelong, Taiwan's northern port and business centre, old man Li has four sons aged 18 to 45. Life under the Japanese affected each man differently and they must now adjust to the new and chaotic situation. Through the eyes of the father, we follow the upheavals in their lives and those closest to them.

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Hsiao-Hsien Hou


Naoki Tachikawa


Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Shu-Fen Hsin, Sung-Young Chen


T'ien-wen Chu, Nien-Jen Wu

Director of Photography

Huai-En Chen


Liao Ching-Sung


Fu-Sheng Chiu

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Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese

Countries of production




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