Taiwan tops most important Chinese-language films chart
Three Taiwanese films dominated the top three spots on a list of the 100 most important Chinese-language movies compiled by the organizers of a local film festival.
“City of Sadness, ” “A Brighter Summer Day” and “A Time to Live and a Time to Die” were elected as the top three Chinese-language films by 122 cinema professionals from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and various other countries, according to the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival executive committee.
“City of Sadness, ” a 1989 historical drama directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, tells the story of a Taiwanese family in the late 1940s, when the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) embarked on a pogrom — the notorious White Terror — to eliminate political dissidents, resulting in the tragic and unjustifiable killing of thousands of civilians.
Directed by Edward Yang, “A Brighter Summer Day” is based on a teen murder the director remembered from his puberty. The story, set in the 1960s, talks about the struggle and conflicts among the second generation of Chinese immigrants who moved to Taiwan after 1949.