Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma)
Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma) (1985)

Lung, a former member of the national Little League team and now operator of an old-style fabric business, is never able to shake a longing for his past glory. One day, he runs into a forme teammate who is now a struggling cab driver. The… More

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

Ultimately, "Taipei Story" is bleak yet exhilarating.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

What resonates most from the movie is [Edward] Yang's empathy for his doomed characters.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

It may not be the complete masterpiece that it has sometimes been hailed as-only a terrifically accomplished and affecting film that is one of many possible entry points into the work of a great filmmaker.

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Vikram Murthi
Movie Mezzanine

There's a lilting sense of dread, rhythmic but never fully musical, that permeates Taipei Story and infects the people and objects that populate the frame.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Yang's film centers on the slow disintegration of a relationship, an erosion that mirrors the abrading effects of both tradition and modernization.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
yang's elegy for lost youth. wonderful storytelling and a touching performance by fellow director hou hsiao-hsien in the lead role
George Matalliotakis
A bit rough around the edges and with a rather typical 'new wave' stylistic approach (elliptical storytelling, silences with 'meaning',… More
Dimitris Springer
It doesn't infiltrate the instincts and yet,it meticulously progresses in an atomic bomb of emotions,Yang sweeps the field of urban melancholy,hiring Hou… More