"That Day on the Beach"
Directed by Edward Yang
Generally credited as the
film which more than any other marked the launching of the Taiwanese New
Wave, That Day, On the Beach mingles the director's own expatriate
experience (in the U.S.) with his perceptions of several strata of Taiwanese
society. Told in flashbacks, the film begins as two former schoolfriends are
reunited after a 13-year separation. One is now a successful concert pianist
in Europe; the other has started up a business after the failure of her
marriage. The two reminisce about old times, reveal secrets of the past they
never dared tell before, and take stock of their present lives. Director
Yang weaves several levels of narrative together to create a rich emotional
tapestry that reflects the experience of a "lost" generation. Taiwanese
dialect with English subtitles. Taiwan. 167 minutes.