Prince of Tears

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Prince of Tears
Directed by Yonfan
Produced by Fruit Chan
Written by Yonfan
Starring Fan Zhiwei
Océane Zhu
Joseph Chang
Terri Kwan
Li Po-husan
Tsai Pei-han
Kenneth Tsang
Narrated by Yonfan
Music by Yu Yat-yiu
Cinematography Chin Ting-chang
Edited by Derek Hui
Kwong Chi-leung
Release date
  • 2009 (2009)
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin

Prince of Tears (Chinese: 淚王子; pinyin: Lei wangzi) is a 2009 Taiwanese historical drama film by Yonfan. It was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. It tells the story of a family embroiled in the tragic "White Terror" suppression of political dissidents that was wrought during the 1950s by the Kuomintang government (KMT) after their acquisition of Taiwan in the 1940s.[1]

The film was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009.[2]



The film received generally negative reviews from the press.

Hong Kong film critic Perry Lam writes in Muse Magazine, 'Prince of Tears makes a strange movie-going experience for, despite all the pathos - two little girls lose their father, a loyal soldier loses his life and a happy family is torn apart - the story is aesthetically shaped and distanced by the pictoral verve of the director to be eye-pleasing at all times.'[3]

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  1. ^ "Prince of Tears" Recalls White Terror
  2. ^ Hollywood Reporter Hong Kong, Taiwan make Oscar picks 8 September 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-15
  3. ^ Lam, Perry (October 2009). "Hollow man and useless beauty". Muse Magazine (33): 98. 

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