Tongnian Wangshi (1985)

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  • Tong Nian Wang Shi Alternative
  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die Alternative
  • A Time to Live and a Time to Die Alternative


Period drama. The central characters are a family originally from mainland China who find themselves trapped in Taiwan, cut off from their roots when the communist victory of 1949 turns Taiwan into a Nationalist enclave at war with the mainland. It ends in the 1960s with disillusionment and death - what had been meant as a temporary refuge had become a permanent home, and as the family become all too sadly aware, a final resting place as well.

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