MAHJONG (1996) [feature]

Taiwan (MIFF 2008 , Edward Yang Tribute)
Director: Edward Yang

“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
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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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