A Confucian Confusion (Du li shi dai)

Rated NR 127 minutes

Taiwanese society is closely examined in this complex political drama that includes elements of black comedy. The underlying thesis is a call for nouveau riche Asian countries to expand their horizons and reconsider their traditional ways. The relationships within the film are quite convoluted. All the characters are somehow connected by blood, friendship, or sexual chemistry. The story revolves around Molly, a well-born young woman who helms a PR company which is backed by Akeem, her rich boyfriend (to whom Molly's talk show host sister was formerly engaged). Molly's best friend and personal assistant is Qiqi, a former schoolmate from the lower middle class who is to marry Ming, a low-level government employee. Larry, Molly's business manager and friend of Akeem, runs Molly's company. Feng wants to be an actress, and works for Molly while waiting for her big break (she also romances Larry). Birdy is an avante-garde playwright trying to produce his first commercial play. Things heat up when Molly reevaluates her life after firing Feng over a disagreement.~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Edward Yang

Writer: Hun Hung and Edward Yang

Cast: Shiang-chyi Chen, Yiwen Chen, Danny Deng, Hung HUng, Elaine Jin, Richie Li, Chen Limei, Shu-Chun Ni, Bosen Wang and Weiming Wang

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