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Fleeing By Night (2000)

Cast: Rene Liu, Rene Liu, Rene Liu, more...
Director: Yin Chi, Yin Chi, Hsu Li-kong, more...
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Studio: Strand Home Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Taiwan, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 123 min.
Languages: English, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
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A woman discovers unexpected rivals for the affections of her fiancée in this drama from Taiwan set in the 1930s and 1940s. Hsu Shaodong (Huang Lei) is a gifted classical musician who is pledged to marry Wei Ying'er (Rene Liu), a young woman whose father owns a theater. However, Hsu Shaodong is attracted to Lin Chung (Yin Chao-te), a star vocalist with the Peking Opera, while Lin is infatuated with wealthy Huang Zilei (Tai Li-jen). While Wei Ying'er deeply loves Hsu Shaodong, as time passes she can't ignore his attraction to other men, which becomes all the more apparent after they leave China and emigrate to the United States. Ye Ben had its American premier at the 2000 Hawaiian Film Festival, where it was shown in competition. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Where Everything Is Just Out of Reach by talltale February 19, 2007 - 8:13 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
FLEEING BY NIGHT is a treasure: visually opulent and emotionally stirring. This man-woman-man love story spans some 60 years, moves from Manhattan to China and back, and gives each character resonance and depth. Comparisons with "Farewell My Concubine" are in order, although I found this movie even richer. After viewing it, I can at last begin to appreciate Chinese Opera (never thought I would) because the film combines the reticence and ceremony of the East with a high degree of Western sensibility. There are so many memorable scenes and moments here that a second viewing is definitely in order.

Having just made that second viewing, nearly five years down the road, I find this film stands up very well. If anything, it seems even sadder now, as age and time have taken their toll, bringing this viewer more closely in synch with the fate of the characters. The quiet care lavished by the co-directors and co-writers, coupled with their refusal rush events or scant on meaning and emotion, offers the kind of journey films rarely achieve--with a destination that is oddly welcome. And the final shot--ironic yet somehow appropriate--gives Times Square a whole new meaning.

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(Average 5.82)
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