Beiqíng chéngshì (1989) AKA A City of Sadness


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.


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  1. Jonathan Crow
    September 8, 2019

    This is a weirdly hard to find masterpiece. Thank you!

  2. Jonathan Shapiro
    September 8, 2019

    Seeing this and The Puppetmaster (1993) in 35mm we’re highlights of my life. The film’s scarce availability is due to its very convoluted rights situation-there have long been whispers of Triad (mob) money being used to help make it, but who knows. I think this film may have a record for the most spoken languages during its runtime

  3. Michael
    September 9, 2019

    Brilliant film. Not to be miss

  4. September 23, 2019

    Thank goodness for this site.Magnificent film. I still kick myself for not getting the video when it was affordable.

  5. Letícia
    November 3, 2021

    I’ve been looking for this movie for a long time. Thank you!!

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