Special Classic Taiwan New Wave
Taiwan New Wave: Lives Less Ordinary

Taipei Story (1985)

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The English title of this film is a direct reference to Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953), which also focuses on how a nation and its city are moving away from traditional values. Taiwan experienced an economic boom in the 1980s and Yang’s film delves into the difficulties and uncertainties this brought to the young people. We follow a couple who try to build a life together but are trapped in between traditions and modernity in a rapidly changing city and grow more distant from one another. Although it’s made in 1985, we believe the film still feels relevant to audiences worldwide so many years later. Taipei Story gained international recognition after its restoration in 2009 as part of the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project led by Martin Scorsese. 


Edward Yang
Chin Tsai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wu Nien-jen, Lin Hsiu-Ling
120 minuten
Hong Kong


A young woman urgently seeks to navigate the maze of contemporary Taipei and find a future. She hopes that her boyfriend Lung is the key to the future, but Lung is stuck in a past that combines baseball and traditional loyalty that leads him to squander his nest egg bailing her father out of financial trouble.

KINO is proud to present (re)introduce you to nine masterpieces from the Taiwan New Wave. These classics have remained underseen in cinemas, so it’s high time we showcase them on our grandest screen. Featuring films from the first and second wave by Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ang Lee, Tsai Ming-liang and more. The films of this revolutionary movement in cinema history were artistically innovative, but also in their realistic portrayal of the Taiwanese people. They illustrated societal and economic shifts, much like Italian Neorealism in the 1940s. By capturing their cultural identity, these filmmakers created their own voice and their own national cinema. Trailer: Baris Azman