The River (He liu)
The River (He liu) (1997)

Xiao-Kang, a young man who lives a dismal life with his parents in their small Taipei apartment, develops a terrible pain in his neck which no doctor, nor cure can seem to relieve. His mother is having an affair with a man who pirates… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 1, 1997
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Tobias
AV Club

The River is difficult and unpleasant at times, but as a somber metaphor for contaminated lives, it's masterful.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A brilliant, multi-layered work by a true artist of the cinema.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Tsai is so adept at pacing and mood, and so good at capturing a sense of yearning, that his film draws us in despite its unusually long takes and sparse cutting.

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Rod Armstrong

Too murky and long to swim in.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The result is a stunning surreal film that remains unexplored in all the mysteries it holds, just like the river that flows in the city.

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Arthur Lazere

a painfully incisive portrait of the contemporary human condition

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
In his third film, Tsai moves his focus to the nuclear family and creates his most depressing work to date - perhaps a bit too depressing for its own sake -, as… More
Stella Dallas
some don't like tsai's pacing but i have found him mesmerizing and this is certainly no exception. and while many considered it bleak, i saw it more… More
Kevin M. Williams
A very hard film to watch while at the same time riveting, here is a somber look at the modern family, where no one shares the same interests, everyone lives… More