“I am sometimes convinced that film culture has yet to recover from Yang’s passing”
A cornerstone of the Taiwanese New Wave, master director Edward Yang's (Yi Yi, A Brighter Summer Day) long unavailable second feature is a ghostly, profound portrait of urban alienation. Amid the high-rise wonderland of boom-time 1980s Taipei, a multitude of characters struggle to keep pace with the country’s rapid modernization. Taipei Story unites Yang with fellow New Taiwan Cinema master Hou Hsiao-hsien, who delivers an emotionally nuanced performance as a washed-up baseball player confronting his fading dreams of emigration to the US and his strained relationship with an ambitious career woman.
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. Taipei Story is screening through March 23rd at BAM.