Taipei Story

Taipei Story ★★★★★

It's so great to see this restored, now let's get those last two Yangs fixed as well.

I don't know that Hou Hsiao-hsien is really much of an actor, but this seems to me the closest he came, Time to Live aside, at portraying himself on screen. There's a bit in the doc Our Time, Our Story where some of the other New Cinema directors talk about Hou's trouble fitting in with their group, him having grown up relatively poor, in a more rural area of Taiwan, while many of them had travelled and studied around the world. You can really feel that misfit in his performance here.

You're playing so cool, obeying every rule
Deep way down in your heart
You're burning, yearning for the some-somebody to tell you
That life ain't passing you by
I'm trying to tell you
It will if you don't even try

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