|Literally||green plums and a bamboo horse|
|Directed by||Edward Yang|
|Produced by||Huang Yung
|Written by||Chu Tien-wen
|Music by||Edward Yang|
|Edited by||Wang Chi-yang
Taipei Story is a 1985 Taiwanese film directed, written, and composed by filmmaker Edward Yang — his second full-length feature film and third overall. The film stars Yang's fellow filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien, and singer Tsai Chin, whom Yang subsequently married. It is one of the earliest films of the New Taiwanese Cinema.
The original title, 青梅竹马 "green plums and a bamboo horse", refers to Chinese plums and the childhood practice of riding a bamboo stick as a pretend horse. This idiom alludes to an 8th century poem by Li Bai, and in China it refers to a childhood sweetheart. The English title alludes to the film Tokyo Story (1953).
A young woman (Tsai Chin) urgently seeks to navigate the maze of contemporary Taipei, and find a future. She hopes that her boyfriend Lung (Hou Hsiao-hsien) 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.
- Tsai Chin - Chin, an office worker
- Hou Hsiao-hsien - Lung, a former baseball player
- Wu Nien-jen - Ch'en, a taxi driver and former baseball player
- Lin Hsiu-ling - Ling
- Ke Su-yun - Gwan
- Ke I-cheng - Mr. Ke, an architect
- Mei Fang - Chin's mother
- Wu Ping-nan - Chin's father
- Yang Li-yin - Ch'en's wife
- Chen Shu-fang - Mrs. Mei
- Lai Te-nan - a coach
According to the Doc Film Society, the film "displays Yang's uncompromising critique of the middle-class with its dissection of its heroine's emotional fragility, vainly disguised behind the sunglasses she sports day and night. As she flees the past, her boyfriend idealistically clings to it, a Confucian rigidity toward which Yang bears still less patience."
- Anderson, Melissa (14 March 2017). "Past and Future Tug at an Unstable Present in a Restored Masterwork by Edward Yang". The Village Voice. Village Voice, LLC. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
- "World Cinema Project". The Film Foundation. The Film Foundation. p. 2. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna/L’immagine Ritrovata laboratory...
- Choi, Edo S.; Iovene, Paola, "A Time for Freedom: Taiwanese filmmakers in transition", doc films Spring 2009 Volume 3 Issue 3, Doc film society, University of Chicago, archived from the original on 9 June 2009, retrieved April 14, 2009
- Taipei Story at the Internet Movie Database
- Taipei Story at AllMovie
- Taipei Story (2017 re-release) at Box Office Mojo
- Taipei Story at FilmAffinity
- Taipei Story at Rotten Tomatoes
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