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Terrorizers (1986) (DVD) (30th Anniversary Edition) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region All

Cora Miao (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Lee Li Chun (Actor) | Yu An Shun (Actor)
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A shooting in the heart of Taipei sends several characters on a collision course in Edward Yang's ensemble drama The Terrorizers, which is influenced by the works of Michelangelo Antonioni. A researcher sells out a co-worker for a promotion, but it comes at the price of neglecting the troubles of his novelist wife. The girlfriend of the shooter manages to escape police custody, but her mother keeps her imprisoned at home, where she finds other ways to cause trouble. Meanwhile, a wandering photographer who captures the shooting moves into the apartment and becomes infatuated with the escaped girl.
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Product Title: Terrorizers (1986) (DVD) (30th Anniversary Edition) (Taiwan Version) 恐怖分子 (1986) (DVD) (30周年手繪紀念版) (台灣版) 恐怖分子 (1986) (DVD) (30周年手绘纪念版) (台湾版) Terrorizers (1986) (DVD) (30th Anniversary Edition) (Taiwan Version) Terrorizers (1986) (DVD) (30th Anniversary Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Cora Miao (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Lee Li Chun (Actor) | Yu An Shun (Actor) | Liu Ming (Actor) | WANG AN (Actor) | Gu Bao Ming (Actor) 繆騫人 (Actor) | 金 士傑 (Actor) | 李 立群 (Actor) | 游安順 (Actor) | 劉明 (Actor) | 王安 (Actor) | 顧寶明 (Actor) 缪骞人 (Actor) | 金 士杰 (Actor) | 李 立群 (Actor) | 游安顺 (Actor) | 刘明 (Actor) | 王安 (Actor) | 顾宝明 (Actor) 繆騫人(コラ・ミャオ) (Actor) | 金仕傑(カム・シーキット) (Actor) | 李立群 (リー・リーチュン) (Actor) | 游安順(ユー・アンシュン) (Actor) | Liu Ming (Actor) | WANG AN (Actor) | Gu Bao Ming (Actor) Cora Miao (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Lee Li Chun (Actor) | Yu An Shun (Actor) | Liu Ming (Actor) | WANG AN (Actor) | Gu Bao Ming (Actor)
Director: Edward Yang 楊德昌 杨德昌 楊徳昌(エドワード・ヤン) 에드워드 양
Writer: Edward Yang 楊德昌 杨德昌 楊徳昌(エドワード・ヤン) 에드워드 양
Release Date: 2017-09-27
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: LPCM
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Sony Music Entertainment (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1062311845

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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December 16, 2005

This customer review refers to Goldenward Series Of Chinese Movies - Terrorizers
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Great Edward Yang film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
In the following I hope to write a review of Edward Yang’s ‘Terrorizer’ that does justice to its presentation of the twin themes of interconnectedness and disconnectedness, which move through the work like the forces of Yin and Yang.

Superficially, the movie deals with three couples in states of loose adherence. The characters, and the unstable relationships between them, are altered through tangential, almost incidental interactions among themselves.

Firstly, there is a photographer, evidently the son of a wealthy family, and his girlfriend, who he deserts for most of the film to follow his fascination with a rather unlikable Eurasian woman (White Chick) who he initially photographs fleeing from the police with a male accomplice. This fascination is the reason for the photographer’s break with his girlfriend. He goes on to rent the apartment she was escaping from, for use as a dark room. White Chick will later link up with a boyfriend to perpetrate a series of sex-scams, forming the second rather unstable ‘couple’ of the film, joined by the common pursuit of easy money rather than romantic attachment. The third ill-starred pair is a married couple, a doctor (Li-li Chong) and an authoress (Chou Yufen). The doctor has been waiting for a promotion and appears frustrated in its delay. His wife, a novelist, feels that her world as a housewife is growing smaller and smaller. How can she possibly write under such circumstances, she asks. A budding affair with her ex-colleague is further undermining the marriage.

This complicated tangle of trajectories is portrayed in the typically cool, disconnected, Taiwanese style, with naturalistic sound only, and no music except that which is played on radios etc. The manner in which the stories are presented and connected parallels their content, for there is no consistent point-of-view presented that could link us to any one character, and the editing tosses us from one situation to another, leaving it to the viewer to make the connections between the scenes, and in turn, the characters themselves. I suspect that this manner of presentation was itself designed to convey certain realities of life in Taipei, a rough mixture of fortuitous coincidence and disconnectedness, a situation which the technology such as phones and cameras, designed to make life better, only serve to compound further.

This is a film that I found enjoyable to ‘assemble’, and which rewarded concentrated viewing, even while avoiding answering many of the questions it raised. I suspect that further viewings may only raise other questions rather than bring me closer to answers. ‘Terrorizers’ is very much an art film, and very much a Taiwanese film. I would recommended it most to those who already profess an interest in this combination, such as lovers of Taiwanese New Wave films generally. Those who like Antonioni’s ‘Blow Up’ may also find some points of interest, as well as several interesting parallels. In sum: a mature work from an original and talented ‘auteur’.
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