Mahjong

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Mahjong
Majiang | Edward Yang, 1996
Taiwan | Format: 35mm | 121 minutes

In this latter-day screwball farce, Yang puts a comic spin on his signature themes of globalization and urban ennui. The primary setting is a trendy night spot where Yang orchestrates the elaborate comings and goings of a raft of disparate characters, including a couple of mob enforcers (one played by Yi Yi’s Wu Nien-Jen), an American escort service madame, and a young Frenchwoman (The Beach star Virgine Ledoyen) looking for the Brtish entrepreneur who wooed her in London. Languages, classes and indeologies collide at a dizzying rate in this jaundiced love letter to Taipei at the close of the 20th century.

Series: A Rational Mind: The Films of Edward Yang

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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