Edward Yang
Taiwan 1985
120 min

In memoriam of Edward Yang (1947-2007)

A turning point in the history of Taiwanese cinema, Edward Yang's masterpiece suggests a rough parallel with Abbas Kiarostami's Close Up in relation to Iranian cinema by virtue of featuring the other key Taiwanese filmmaker, Hou Hsiao-hsien, in a leading role, much as Mohsen Makhmalbaf is featured in Kiarostami's film. Hou, who also collaborated on the script, plays an alienated businessman working for a textile manufacturer who was an ace baseball player in his youth; when his girlfriend loses her job at a computer firm, their relationship begins to crumble. But this couple's malaise is only part of a multifaceted sense of confusion and despair that affects three generations of Taipei residents during a period of economic boom, and Yang's mastery in weaving together all his characters and subplots against a glittering urban landscape anticipates the major themes of his subsequent works. (Jonathan Rosenbaum)

Copy from the collection of the Chinese Taipei Film Archive

  • Wu Nien-jen - NJ Jian
  • Hou Hsiao-hsien
  • Cai Qin
  • Yang Liyin
  • Sun Peng
  • Lin Xiuling
  • Lai Denan
  • Ko I-cheng
  • Ke Suyun
  • Chen Shufang
  • Hou Hsiao-hsien
  • Edward Yang
  • Zhu Tianwen
  • Yang Weihan
  • Du Duzhi
  • Wang Qi Yang
  • Song Fanchen
  • Edward Yang
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35 mm
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