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MAHJONG

Taiwan, 1996 (MIFF 2008, Edward Yang Tribute)

Director: Edward Yang

MAHJONG

“Yang's angriest and most provocative film, and also probably the one that's elicited the most anger from viewers, especially in the West.” - Chicago Reader

Consisting of seemingly disparate story strands that miraculously converge into one, Mahjong focuses on some middle-class thugs dabbling in crime who find themselves entangled in Taiwan's underworld. The cast is an international one, including French star Virginie Ledoyen, deliberately reflecting the ‘little-big' cosmopolitan nature of modern-day Taipei.

As the characters crash and careen through Mahjong it takes on the dimensions of a screwball comedy, although Yang's darker vision - of a disenfranchised generation struggling for meaning - persistently seeps through the maelstrom.

“Comic and horrifying, poignant and biting, Mahjong is a vision of hell that argues passionately for the possibility of redemption.” - Cinematheque Ontario


D/S Edward Yang P Wei-yen Yu WS Kailidoscope L English, Mandarin, French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1996/121mins

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Expectations

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BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY, A

"This film is so uncommonly good that Yang's other very impressive works pale beside it." - Chicago Reader ... Often spoken of in terms of ‘genius' and even ‘one of the greatest films ever made' ... More »

THAT DAY, ON THE BEACH (M)

“The subtlety of Yang and [actress Sylvia] Chang merge together to form an irresistible emotional force.” - Toronto International Film FestivalThe award-winning debut feature of Australian ... More »

CONFUCIAN CONFUSION, A

"Sleek, chic and hysterical, the film owes more to Preston Sturges than Michelangelo Antonioni." - Cinematheque Ontario ... Set over a couple of frenetic days in a Taipei entertainment corporation, A ... More »

TERRORIZER, THE (M)

“The film suggests that we all have our ways of ‘terrorizing' each other, and that we'd all like our lives to be as coherent and resolved as fiction. Yang reaches high, and his aim is true.” ... More »

TAIPEI STORY (PG)

“[A] quietly stunning drama which sees the various problems facing a rapidly modernised city reflected in the lives of a dozen or so subtly observed characters.” - Time OutStarring MIFF regular ... More »

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