Taipei Story

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Taipei Story
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Theatrical poster
Chinese 青梅竹馬
Mandarin Qīngméizhúmǎ
Literally green plums and a bamboo horse[1]
Directed by Edward Yang
Produced by Huang Yung
Lin Jung-feng
Liu Sheng-chung
Written by Chu Tien-wen
Hou Hsiao-hsien
Edward Yang
Starring Hou Hsiao-hsien
Tsai Chin
Music by Edward Yang
Cinematography Yang Wei-han
Edited by Wang Chi-yang
Sung Fan-chen
Release date
  • 1985 (1985)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin

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.

In the United States, Janus Films gave a limited release of the film's 4K restoration, done by the World Cinema Project, on March 17, 2017.[2][3]


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.



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."[4]


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  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "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... 
  4. ^ 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 

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