Soon after Japan relinquishes control of Taiwan in 1945, the Lin brothers face hardships from the changing culture. Bar owner Wen-heung, the eldest brother, falls foul of local gangsters, Wen-sun disappears, and Wen-leung, scarred by his experiences in the war, ends up in an insane asylum. Deaf-mute photographer Wen-ching, the youngest brother, decides to make a stand and fight the Kuomintang government from China that is assuming power.
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien. AKA 悲情城市 / A City of Sadness
Stars: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Chen Sung-young, Jack Kao, Li Tian-lu, Xin Shufen, Wu Yi-fang, Nakamura Ikuyo, Jan Hung-tze, Wu Nien-jen, Zhang Dachun.
1989 Venice Film Festival – Winner of the Golden Lion.