戲夢人生 [The puppetmaster] (1993)
»The hardest things in life are separation and death«, states an old puppeteer recollecting his life in Taiwan during japanese occupation. Family, work and politics intertwine in creating a culture of control, distance and fatalism. Despite – or because of – the dramatic content, the film is deliberately slow and neutral, dominated by static medium and long shots.
Especially the first part is unfortunately too crammed with unexplained cultural details and people in obscure interiors, making things hard to follow. Not in my book.