The River

The River

Synopsis

A mother, father and son live together in a small apartment in Taipei but lead very separate lives. The son, Xiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng) drifts through life without a job; the mother is an elevator operator having an affair with a man who pirates pornographic movies; and the father purses illicit pleasures in the city's gay saunas and is on a mission to stop the leaking water from the apartment upstairs. When the son is stricken with an agonizing pain in his neck and shoulders, seemingly from taking an ill-advised dunk in the polluted Tansui River, the family is driven on a quest to alleviate the son's pain.

Technical Specs

Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
Year: 1997
Country: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin | Min Nan
Duration: 115 min
Colour: Colour
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Certificate: 18
Alternate Title: He Liu