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Paul Jensen

A CITY OF SADNESS (1989) 4 stars

The film that introduced Taiwanese cinema to the world. Hugely politically controversial without ever losing sight of the characters and their universal problems. The story unfolds in an impressionistic way, revealing bit by bit the complexities of a family developing during the 40s. You may find yourself confused at times, but the everyday moments captured, are without artifice and completely honest. Silence and stillness are juxtaposed with violence and sudden action. The framing is without fault and HHH clearly established himself as a accomplished filmmaker with extreme confidence.


Genre: Foreign
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien