Director: Edward Yang
“[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 Out
Starring MIFF regular, filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien (Three Times, MIFF 2006, The Flight of the Red Balloon) as a washed-up, ex-baseball player, Taipei Story vividly paints Taipei as a chaotic boomtown of the 80s, as experienced by a couple teetering on the edge of a rocky relationship.
Underneath the perceived prosperity of the city bubbles a torrent of uncertainty, and a confusion that colours the conflicting attitudes of different generations.
With this film, Yang set himself a challenge: to work within a restrictive filmmaking environment with a cast of non-actors and a crew consisting of assistants and inexperienced technicians.
Taiwan, Japan, 2000
"As I watched... Yi Yi [A One and A Two] through bleary eyes, I struggled to identify the overpowering feeling that was making me tear up. Was it grief? Joy? Mirth? Yes, I decided, it was all of thes… More »
“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 ReaderConsisting of seemingly disparate story… More »
“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 »
"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 »
"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 »