London East Asia Film Festival: Taipei Story

12A

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  • Director: Edward Yang
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Genre: Drama
  • Country: Taiwan

Edward Yang’s international breakthrough stars singer – and Yang’s future wife – Tsai Chin and  filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Yang) as a couple seeking  happiness and attempting to make ends meet in the Taiwanese capital. Chin strives for success  while Lung appears to take life as it comes, more interested in finding out the latest baseball score  than facing up to his responsibilities. However, the more the film delves into their lives, the more  we are drawn into complexity of their relationship. Economic constraints weigh them down and  the break that they so desperately look for never comes. Over his subsequent five feature, Yang  would prove himself one of the world’s great filmmakers, but 'Taipei Story' remains a key film of  the Taiwanese New Wave.

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