Reality In Long Shots: A Hou Hsiao-Hsien Retrospective


Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Taiwan, 1989, 2h 39min, 35 mm, In Mandarin, Min Nan, Japanese, Cantonese, and Shanghainese with English Subtitles

Reality In Long Shots: A Hou Hsiao-Hsien Retrospective

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752


Sat, Sep 29

This screening will be introduced by filmmaker and writer Peggy Chiao. There will be a moderated discussion after the film with Chiao and others.

Hou Hsiao-hsien closed out the ’80s with one of his most acclaimed works, toplined by future superstar Tony Leung Chiu-wai (CHUNGKING EXPRESS). Still undistributed in the U.S., A CITY OF SADNESS was a sensation in Taiwan for its frank depiction of the post-World War II era, when Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist government ended fifty years of Japanese rule and placed the island under a brutal martial-law regime. But for all its ambition, the film remains touchingly intimate, using the story of a single family to explore history through means both formally and narratively audacious. The first Taiwanese movie to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, A CITY OF SADNESS is an unparalleled landmark of Taiwanese and global cinema.

A City of Sadness (1989)

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