Taiwan Film Festival

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Pushing Hands


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Pushing Hands
推手
Tui Shou

Directed by Ang Lee
導演 李安
(1991)

Asian and western cultures collide in Ang Lee’s debut film. The pushing of hands, a tai Chi technique, teaches how to maintain one’s balance while destroying one’s opponent’s. Set in the U.S., the film traces the relationship between a Taiwanese man who has married an American woman, which takes on new complications when the man’s father, a tradition-minded Tai Chi master, moves into their home and their lives. Pushing Hands was the first in Ang Lee’s series of three father-centered films featuring veteran actor Lang Sihong. Lang would go on to appear in Lee’s The Wedding Banquet and the internationally renowned Eat Drink Man Woman.

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