A City of Sadness

A City of Sadness

Hou’s early career is capped by this masterpiece, A City of Sadness. Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (best known for his later collaborations with Wong Kar-wai) bears mute witness as his family becomes embroiled in street level crime, anti-government uprisings, and the resultant Kuomintang crackdowns in the years after the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. Set in back-room gambling parlours and hospital hallways, Hou’s visuals have rarely been more beautiful, as he ambitiously evokes the epic sweep of history.

A City of Sadness

  • Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
  • Year: 1989
  • Run Time: 157 mins
  • Country: Hong Kong/Taiwan
  • Rating: M