Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosA City of Sadness (Chinese: 悲情城市; pinyin: bēiqíng chéngshì) is a 1989 Taiwanese historical drama film directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. It tells the story of a family embroiled in the tragic “White Terror” that was wrought on the Taiwanese people by the Kuomintang government (KMT) after their arrival from mainland China in the late 1940s, during which thousands of Taiwanese were rounded up, shot, and/or sent to prison.

The film was the first to deal openly with the KMT’s authoritarian misdeeds after its 1945 turnover of Taiwan from Japan, and the first to depict the 228 Incident of 1947, in which thousands of people were massacred.

A City of Sadness was the first Chinese-language film to win the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival.

Taiwan, 15 Agosto 1945: L’Imperatore nipponico Hirohito annuncia la resa incondizionata alle forze alleate, e i giapponesi lasciano l’isola di Formosa, sotto il loro dominio dal 1894.

Taiwan, 10 Dicembre 1949: Chiang Kai-shek e i vertici del Kuomintang si rifugiano a Taipei, fondando la Repubblica Cinese, di cui Chiang fu il primo presidente.

City of Sadness svolge il suo corso tra questi due estremi temporali, attraverso le vite della famiglia Lin, nella cittadina rurale di Chiu-fen.
Hou Hsiao Hsien dipinge con il suo stile elegante ed ellittico una saga familiare che condensa e dilata insieme l’eco di quel tumultuoso periodo della storia di Taiwan.City.of.Sadness.1989.CD1-SUBita_s