Edward Yang

Taipei Story

Taipei Story

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.

Film Info

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

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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

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$99.96

Taipei Story
Cast
Tsai Chin
Chen
Hou Hsiao-hsien
Lung
Wu Nien-jen
Ch’en
Lin Hsiu-ling
Ling
Ke Su-yun
Gwan
Ke I-cheng
Mr. Ke
Mei Fang
Chin’s mother
Wu Ping-nan
Chin’s father
Yang Li-yin
The taxi driver’s wife
Chen Shu-fang
Mrs. Mei
Lai Te-nan
Coach
Credits
Director
Edward Yang
Producers
Huang Yung
Producers
Lin Jung-feng
Producers
Liu Sheng-chung
Screenwriters
Hou Hsiao-hsien
Screenwriters
Chu Tien-wen
Screenwriters
Edward Yang
Cinematography
Yang Wei-han
Editors
Wang Chi-yang
Editors
Sung Fan-chen
Sound
Tu Tu-chih
Music played by
Yo-Yo Ma
Production design
Tsai Cheng-pin
Makeup
Liao Shu-chen
Costumes
Chen Chih-chan
Still photographer
Chen Huai-en

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Critics Hail a Newly Restored Taiwanese Masterwork

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 undertaken by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Proj…

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