Cities of Last Things

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Cities of Last Things
Cities of Last Things (2018) Film Poster.jpg
MandarinXìngfú Chéngshì
LiterallyJoyful Cities
Directed byHo Wi Ding
Written byHo Wi Ding
Produced byHo Wi Ding
Hu Chi Hsin
Winnie Lau
Alexis Perrin
Ronan Wong
StarringJack Kao
Lee Hong-chi
Hsieh Chang-Ying
Louise Grinberg
CinematographyJean-Louis Vialard
Music byRobin Coudert
Changhe Films
Ivanhoe Pictures
Rumble Fish Productions
Release date
  • 8 September 2018 (2018-09-08) (TIFF)
Running time
107 minutes
United States

Cities of Last Things (Chinese: 幸福城市) is a drama film, directed by Ho Wi Ding and released in 2018.[1]


The film opens with the suicide of an unnamed character and then tells, in reverse chronological order, the story of three key incidents from the life of Zhang Dong Ling leading up to his own suicide. Each of the three segments draws from a different genre: the first segment is a science fiction story set in a dystopian vision of the year 2049, the second a film noir segment focusing on Zhang's earlier job as a police officer, and the third a melodrama about Zhang's childhood encounter with a local organized crime boss.[1]

Zhang is portrayed by Jack Kao in the first segment, Lee Hong-chi in the second, and Hsieh Chang-Ying in the third.[2] The cast also includes Huang Lu and Louise Grinberg.


Cities of Last Things is a co-production of companies from Taiwan, China, France and the United States.



The film premiered in the Platform program at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and was named the winner of the Platform Prize.[3]

It was released on July 11, 2019 on Netflix streaming in certain regions.[4]


  1. ^ a b "'Cities of Last Things': Film Review | TIFF 2018". The Hollywood Reporter, September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "'Cities Of Last Things': Toronto Review". Screen Daily, September 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "TIFF 2018 Awards: ‘Green Book’ Wins the People’s Choice Award, Upsetting ‘A Star Is Born’". IndieWire, September 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Cities of Last Things. Netflix.

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