Ye ben (Fleeing by Night)
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A woman discovers unexpected rivals for the affections of her fiancée in this drama from Taiwan set in the 1930s and 1940s. Hsu Shaodong (Huang Lei) is a gifted classical musician who is pledged to marry Wei Ying'er (Rene Liu), a young woman whose father owns a theater. However, Hsu Shaodong is attracted to Lin Chung (Yin Chao-te), a star vocalist with the Peking Opera, while Lin is infatuated with wealthy Huang Zilei (Tai Li-jen). While Wei Ying'er deeply loves Hsu Shaodong, as time passes she can't ignore his attraction to other men, which becomes all the more apparent after they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While it's all quite tasteful to look at, the attention process tends to do a little fleeing of its own."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"[Liu's] artistry deepens here, as Ing'er grows from overeager girl to knowing woman, one whose dilemma is as vexing as any she heard sung from the stage of her father's opera house."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"[Lin Chung's] voice is rather unexceptional, even irritating (at least to this Western ear), making it awfully hard to buy the impetus for the complicated love triangle that develops between the three central characters."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"An overwrought Taiwanese soaper about three people and their mixed-up relationship."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"This dreadfully earnest inversion of the Concubine love triangle eschews the previous film's historical panorama and roiling pathos for bug-eyed mugging and gay-niche condescension."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"The film makes a tragic error by going on for too long, trying to mirror every subsequent event in Chinese history: war, revolution, Communism, etc."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"An exquisite love story directed with admirable subtlety and sensitivity by Li-kong Hsu and Chi Yin from a superb script by Hui-ling Wang and Ming-xia Wang."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It's a square, sentimental drama that satisfies, as comfort food often can."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"The film has the courage of its convictions and excellent performances on its side."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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