Law of the Border / Taipei Story

Edition no. 878/879

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Law of the BorderTaipei Story
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World Cinema Project
Law of the Border
Set along the Turkish-Syrian frontier, this terse, elemental tale of smugglers contending with a changing social landscape brought together two giants of Turkish cinema. Director Lütfi Ö. Akad had already made some of his country’s most notable films when he was approached by Yilmaz Güney—a rising action star who would become Turkey’s most important and controversial filmmaker—to collaborate on this neo-western about a quiet man who finds himself pitted against his fellow outlaws. Combining documentary authenticity with a tough, lean poetry, Law of the Border transformed the nation’s cinema forever—even though it was virtually impossible to see for many years.

Taipei Story
Edward Yang’s second feature is a mournful anatomy of a city caught between the past and the present. Made in collaboration with Yang’s fellow New Taiwan Cinema master Hou Hsiao-hsien, who cowrote the screenplay and helped finance the project, Taipei Story chronicles the growing estrangement between a washed-up baseball player (Hou, in a rare on-screen performance) working in his family’s textile business and his girlfriend (pop star Tsai Chin), who clings to the upward mobility of her career in property development. As the couple’s dreams of marriage and emigration begin to unravel, Yang’s gaze illuminates the precariousness of domestic life and the desperation of Taiwan’s globalized modernity.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray/DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 , 1.85:1 , 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
Audio: Turkish 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , Taiwanese 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , Turkish 1.0 PCM Mono , Taiwanese 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1/A
Discs: 3 Discs |  DVD-9/BD-50

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