The Early Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien: Taipei Story

3:25 PM 07th October 2023 Queen's Film Theatre

Queen's Film Theatre presents Edward Yang's 1985 masterpiece Taipei Story, starring Hou Hsiao-hsien, as part of their The Early Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien series.

One of the key films of the New Taiwan Cinema of the 1980s, Taipei Story brings together three of the most significant figures of the movement: Edward Yang, Chu Tʻien-wen and Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Here, in another nuanced critique of middle-class life and values, Yang directs from a script by Chu and Hou that focuses on the relationship between childhood sweethearts Chin and Lung. Notably, the character of Lung, a man haunted by the past, is played with some skill by Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Another important figure of the New Taiwan Cinema, writer Wu Nien-jen, also appears as Ch'en a taxi driver and friend of Lung.

Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna/L’immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Screening as part of The Early Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien, curated by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan).

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