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Program Title: Mahjong
EASC Code: CM-04
Series Title:
Region/Country: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Edward Yang
Producer: Yu Wei-yen and David Sun
Release Date: 1997
Running Time: 120 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Edward Yang's darkly comic MAHJONG has been called "his sharpest funny/sad vision of city life yet." This eccentric gangster film examines the relationship between Chinese culture, Western materialism, and modern Taiwan, and its corrupting effect on the new generation. Through a poignant portrait of Taipei's urban youth, Yang shows the growing anxiety about the future of the new Taiwan society, using the strategies and luck involved in the game of mahjong as a metaphor for the characters' fate.
Data Entry Date: 4/4/2001