Actors: Kang-sheng Lee, Yi-Ching Lu, Tien Miao
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The River (1997)|
|This movie (He liu), co-written and directed by Ming-liang Tsai in 1997, won the Special Jury Prizes of the 1997 Berlin and Chicago International Film festivals.
Kang-Sheng lives with his parents in a small apartment and the communication between the members of this family is reduced to the bare minimum. The father regularly cheats on his wife with young male prostitutes. One day, Kang-Sheng, by request of a film director, decides to swim in a polluted river. From this day on, the young boy will suffer from a lancinating pain in the neck.
Accompanied by his father, Kang-Sheng will see physical therapists, doctors followers of the Western and Chinese medicine. Finally, helpless in front of his distress and his pain, Kang-Sheng's father brings his son to a temple and asks the priests to cure him. During the following night, the father and the son meet in the sauna of the hotel and have a sexual intercourse.
--Daniel Staebler, Resident Scholar
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|Analysis of The River (1997)|
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Time/era of movie:
Inner struggle or disability
Taboo Sex Story?
Kind of sex:
- Two guys MAKING OUT (squish squish!)
Brain/Body not working?
- physical disability
- brunette (Black)
- (man) very skinny
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
- physically sick
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Black)
- (man) fat
How much in movie?
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
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Sex/nudity in movie?
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