Ye ben (Fleeing by Night)
Ye ben (Fleeing by Night) (2000)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 15, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2003
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

While it's all quite tasteful to look at, the attention process tends to do a little fleeing of its own.

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

[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.

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Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine

[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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

An overwrought Taiwanese soaper about three people and their mixed-up relationship.

Jessica Winter
Village Voice

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.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

It's a square, sentimental drama that satisfies, as comfort food often can.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

The film has the courage of its convictions and excellent performances on its side.

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