In Our Time | Chicago Reader

In Our Time

The Taiwanese new wave—a film movement whose earthiness and restrained realism have had a lasting impact on world cinema—began modestly with this 1982 omnibus, which contains four episodes set in different decades. Though neither the long takes nor the unconventional narrative structures that would become the new wave’s stylistic innovations are present here, it’s remarkable how well-developed the movement’s major themes were at the outset: rural life, loneliness, and childhood are all explored in the first two episodes, directed by Tao Te-chen and a then-unknown Edward Yang, while Ko Yi-cheng and Chang Yi’s broadly comic third and fourth episodes tackle urban life and the perils of young adulthood. Yang’s episode is the standout, displaying an uncommon sensitivity in handling its protagonist, a teenage girl. In Mandarin with subtitles.

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Directors:

  • Yi Chang
  • Edward Yang
  • I-Chen Ko
  • Te-chen Tao

Cast:

  • Sylvia Chang
  • Lichun Lee
  • Ying-chen Chang
  • Sheng-wen Lan
  • Kuo-Hsiu Li
  • An-ni Shih
  • Au Sun
  • Vega Tsai

Producers:

  • Yeang-shyan Neich
  • Ming Chi

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