• Taiwan
  • 1985
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Hokkien, Mandarin
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  • Spine #879

Edward Yang’s second feature is a mournful anatomy of a city caught between the past and the present. Made in collaboration with Yang’s fellow New Taiwan Cinema master Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taipei Story chronicles the growing estrangement between a washed-up baseball player (Hou, in a rare on-screen performance) working in his family’s textile business and his girlfriend (Tsai Chin), who clings to the upward mobility of her career in property development. As the couple’s dreams of marriage and emigration begin to unravel, Yang’s gaze illuminates the precariousness of domestic life and the desperation of Taiwan’s globalized modernity.

Cast

ChenTsai Chin
LungHou Hsiao-hsien
Ch’enWu Nien-jen
LingLin Hsiu-ling
GwanKe Su-yun
Mr. KeKe I-cheng
Chin’s motherMei Fang
Chin’s fatherWu Ping-nan
The taxi driver’s wifeYang Li-yin
Mrs. MeiChen Shu-fang
CoachLai Te-nan

Credits

DirectorEdward Yang
ProducersHuang Yung, Lin Jung-feng and Liu Sheng-chung
ScreenwritersHou Hsiao-hsien, Chu Tien-wen and Edward Yang
CinematographyYang Wei-han
EditorsWang Chi-yang and Sung Fan-chen
SoundTu Tu-chih
Music played byYo-Yo Ma
Production designTsai Cheng-pin
MakeupLiao Shu-chen
CostumesChen Chih-chan
Still photographerChen Huai-en

Film Essays

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Taipei Story: Modern Planning

By Andrew Chan May 31, 2017

New Taiwan Cinema master Edward Yang’s sophomore feature explores the conflict between tradition and modernity reflected in a relationship on the rocks. Read more »

Film Essays

Current_taipeistory_01_r_thumbnail

Taipei Story: Modern Planning

By Andrew Chan May 31, 2017

New Taiwan Cinema master Edward Yang’s sophomore feature explores the conflict between tradition and modernity reflected in a relationship on the rocks. Read more »


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Critics Hail a Newly Restored Taiwanese Masterwork

March 17, 2017

A cornerstone of Taiwanese cinema, Edward Yang’s 1985 sophomore feature, Taipei Story, makes its U.S. theatrical premiere today at Brooklyn’s BAMcinématek. Screening in a new 4K restoration . . . Read more »

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