Taipei Story (1985)

  • Drama
  • 1h 59m

Please scroll down to watch the post-screening Q&A with the sound editor.

We are honoured to present this gorgeous restoration of Yang’s layered and hypnotic Taipei Story.

Edward Yang (1947-2007), along Hou Hsiao-Hsien, was one of the leading filmmakers of the Taiwanese New Wave and Taiwanese Cinema.

Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna/L’immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

‘A turning point in the history of Taiwanese cinema, Edward Yang’s 1985 masterpiece suggests a rough parallel with Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-up in relation to Iranian cinema by virtue of featuring the other key Taiwanese filmmaker, Hou Hsiao-hsien, in a leading role, much as Mohsen Makhmalbaf is featured in Kiarostami’s film. Hou, who also collaborated on the script, plays an alienated businessman working for a textile manufacturer who was an ace baseball player in his youth. When his girlfriend (pop star Tsai Chin) loses her job at a computer firm, their relationship begins to crumble. But this couple’s malaise is only part of a multifaceted sense of confusion and despair that affects three generations of Taipei residents during a period of economic boom, and Yang’s mastery in weaving together all his characters and subplots against a glittering urban landscape anticipates the major themes of his subsequent works.’ (Jonathan Rosenbaum)


Edward Yang


T'ien-wen Chu


Hsiao-Hsien Hou


Edward Yang


Mandarin, Min nan, Hokkien



Bonus Content

Taipei Story Q&A with Sound Editor Tu Duu-Chih

Taipei Story Q&A with sound engineer/ sound editor/ sound mixer Tu Duu-Chih, hosted by Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London.