ACTORS: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Shu-Fen Hsin, Sung Young Chen, Jack Kao
AVARDS: 8 wins & 6 nominations.
COUNTRY: Hong Kong, Taiwan
IMDB: 7.9/10
LANGUAGE: Mandarin, Min Nan, Japanese, Cantonese, Shanghainese
PLOT: A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.
RUNTIME: 157 mn.


Soon after Japan relinquishes control of Taiwan in 1945, the Lin brothers face hardships from the changing culture. Bar owner Wen-heung, the eldest brother, falls foul of local gangsters, Wen-sun disappears, and Wen-leung, scarred by his experiences in the war, ends up in an insane asylum. Deaf-mute photographer Wen-ching, the youngest brother, decides to make a stand and fight the Kuomintang government from China that is assuming power.

Hsiao-Hsien Hou’nun yönettiği Beiqing Chengshi (A City of Sadness) – Acılar Kenti; tek bir aile üzerinden Tayvan tarihinin en karışık dönemini anlatıyor. Film; Japon istilasının bitmesine tanıklık eden dört yılı, şehre yapılan toplu göçleri ve sıkı yönetimin ilan edilmesini konu ediniyor.

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