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    Cities of Last Things

    Directed by Ho Wi Ding
    Taiwan/China/USA/France | 107 minutes | U.S. Premiere | World Cinema Now

Director Wi Ding Ho travels backward in time in this three-part film, each segment revealing the shocking events that ruined a Taipei cop’s life and left him hopeless and intent on revenge in a bleak, dystopian society of the future.


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film synopsis

Director Wi Ding Ho intriguingly uses a reverse chronological triptych to explore the harsh and painful life of a Taipei cop. Beginning with his dramatic suicide in a morbid, dystopian future, Part One shows the cop as an unhappy senior citizen intent on revenge killings, played with a concise film noir scowl by actor Jack Kao. Part Two reveals the traumatic event that ruined his marriage and caused him to be booted from the police force. Part Three ends at the beginning, illuminating the deepest mystery of the cop’s sorrow in a surprisingly tender boyhood scene that melts quickly into chaos and violence. Though moody, dark, and alienating in tone, comic moments arise unpredictably, and the somber score is peppered with cheesy Asian lounge songs. Creative and compelling cinematography by Jean-Louis Vialard enhances the noir ambiance, and actress Ning Ding steals Part Three as mob boss Big Sister Wang, who imparts the film’s darkest secret in a haze of cigarette smoke.

In competition for the Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award.

film details

Original Language Title: Xing Fu Cheng Shi
Country: Taiwan/China/USA/France
Year: 2018
Running Time: 107 minutes
Premiere Status: U.S. Premiere
Language: in English and Mandarin with English subtitles
Director: Ho Wi Ding
Producers: Ho Wi Ding, Hu Chih-Hsin, Ronan Wong, Winnie Lau, Alexis Perrin, Chen Shih-Yong
Primary Company: Wild Bunch
Cinematographers: Jean Louis Vialard
Editor: Ho Wi Ding, Lee Huey
Music: Score: Robin Coudert, Music: ROB
Screenwriter: Ho Wi Ding

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