A Confucian Confusion
Reviewed by Adrian Sim
Director: Edward Yang
Writing Credits: Edward Yang
Starring: Chen Shiang-Chyi, Chen Yiwen, Danny Deng
Year released: 1994
Runtime: 125 min
I've just seen a marvelous film. Edward Yang's little-seen and under-distributed A Confucian Confusion is that screwball comedy I long to see that for once is smart, engaging and jabs you where it hurts and tickles most.
As suggested by the title, it deals with the trials and tribulations of a motley of urbanites living in modern Taipei and their escalating moral decadence (or not?). Among them is the young and lovely Chen Shiang-Chyi.
The dialogue is just so fun to listen to. The scenes are so expertly staged. The humor so spot-on.
Over-the-top funny yet never losing its grip on pressing contemporary issues. Confusion is indeed an artful blend of artistry and entertainment. For an Edward yang film, this is in fact a rare sight.
In sum, Confusion cooks up a delectably wicked maelstrom of confusion and irony. It is undoubtedly my favorite Taiwanese film.
I wish Yang will make more films as entertaining and darkly humorous as this in the very near future.