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"_"
a_DT
man_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
man_NN
without_IN
eight_CD
taels_NNS
of_IN
gold_NN
._.
"_"
starring_VBG
sammo_???
hung_JJ
,_,
sylvia_NP
chang_NP
;_;
directed_JJ
by_IN
mabel_NP
cheung_NP
;_;
written_JJ
by_IN
cheung_JJ
and_CC
alex_NP
law_NN
;_;
cinematography_NN
by_IN
bill_NN
wong_???
eight_CD
taels_NP
of_IN
gold_NN
begins_VBZ
as_IN
a_DT
fish_NN
out_RP
of_IN
water_NN
story_NN
and_CC
at_IN
some_DT
point_NN
becomes_VBZ
a_DT
love_NN
story_NN
involving_VBG
two_CD
people_NN
whose_WP$
past_NN
choices_NNS
prevent_VB
the_DT
fruition_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
love_NN
._.
neither_RB
aspect_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
entirely_RB
successful_JJ
,_,
but_CC
both_RB
are_BER
good_JJ
enough_RB
._.
and_CC
along_IN
the_DT
way_NN
there_RB
is_BEZ
one_CD
perfect_JJ
scene_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
one_CD
more_DT
than_CS
you_PP
find_VB
in_IN
most_DT
films_NNS
._.
slim_JJ
(_(
played_VBD
by_IN
portly_JJ
sammo_???
hung_JJ
,_,
better_RBR
known_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
star_NN
and_CC
director_NN
of_IN
hong_NP
kong_NP
action_NN
movies_NNS
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
chinese_JJ
immigrant_JJ
who_NP
drives_VBZ
a_DT
yellow_JJ
cab_???
in_CD
new_NP
york_NP
._.
when_CS
the_DT
movie_NN
opens_VBZ
,_,
we_PP
see_VB
him_PP
shouting_VBG
obscenities_NN
at_IN
another_DT
taxi_NN
driver_NN
._.
he_PP
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
seem_VB
particularly_RB
out_RP
of_IN
place_NN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
about_IN
to_IN
return_NN
to_IN
visit_NN
his_PP$
home_NN
in_IN
rural_JJ
china_NP
for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
time_NN
in_IN
sixteen_CD
years_NNS
,_,
spending_NN
most_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
savings_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
process_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
there_RB
that_DT
he_PP
will_MD
become_VB
the_DT
proverbial_JJ
fish_NN
out_RP
of_IN
water_NN
,_,
as_CS
he_PP
realizes_VBZ
that_CS
you_PP
can_MD
never_RB
go_VB
home_NN
._.
he_PP
brings_VBZ
with_IN
him_PP
some_DT
statue_NN
of_IN
liberty_NN
cigarette_NN
lighters_NNS
,_,
cheap_JJ
sunglasses_NNS
,_,
and_CC
lobsters_NNS
(_(
which_WDT
have_HV
to_IN
be_BE
large_JJ
,_,
to_IN
prove_VB
they're_???
american_JJ
)_(
--the_NP
tokens_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
success_NN
._.
he_PP
also_RB
wears_VBZ
a_DT
gold_NN
chain_NN
and_CC
a_DT
gold_NN
watch_NN
,_,
because_CS
without_IN
eight_CD
taels_NNS
of_IN
gold_NN
,_,
a_DT
man_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
man_NN
(_(
my_PP$
dictionary_NN
tells_VBZ
me_PP
that_CS
taels_NNS
are_BER
a_DT
unit_NN
of_IN
weight_NN
used_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
far_JJ
east_NN
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
assume_VB
the_DT
phrase_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
chinese_JJ
proverb_JJ
)_)
._.
he_PP
loses_VBZ
most_DT
of_IN
this_DT
stuff--except_NN
the_DT
gold--when_NN
his_PP$
van_NN
crashes_VBZ
into_IN
a_DT
river_NN
and_CC
he_PP
has_HVZ
to_TO
hitch_VB
a_DT
ride_NN
,_,
so_RB
to_IN
speak_VB
,_,
on_IN
a_DT
raft_NN
along_IN
the_DT
river_NN
which_WDT
runs_VBZ
past_NN
his_PP$
parents_NNS
'_"
village_NN
._.
when_CS
he_PP
arrives_VBZ
unannounced_JJ
,_,
he_PP
almost_RB
induces_VBZ
cardiac_NN
arrest_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
._.
all_PDT
of_IN
this_DT
has_HVZ
the_DT
makings_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
routine_NN
comedy_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
movie_NN
has_HVZ
its_PP$
amusing_JJ
moments_NNS
,_,
as_CS
when_CS
the_DT
villagers_NNS
take_VB
turns_NNS
giving_VBG
slim_JJ
gifts_NNS
during_IN
a_DT
celebration_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
homecoming_NN
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
all_PDT
give_VB
him_PP
birds_NNS
,_,
so_RB
by_IN
evening_NN
's_POS
end_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
surrounded_VBN
by_IN
turkeys_NNS
,_,
ducks_NNS
,_,
geese_JJ
and_CC
other_JJ
sundry_JJ
fowl_NN
._.
but_CC
eight_CD
taels_NNS
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
comedy--it_???
is_BEZ
a_DT
sad_JJ
,_,
sweet_JJ
story_NN
about_IN
the_DT
choices_NNS
people_NN
make_VB
,_,
and_CC
how_WRB
they_PP
are_BER
sometimes_RB
irreparable_JJ
._.
director_NN
mabel_NP
cheung_NP
(_(
an_DT
autumn_NN
's_POS
tale_NN
,_,
the_DT
soong_JJ
sisters_NNS
)_)
sees_VBZ
clearly_RB
what_WDT
it_PP
is_BEZ
like_IN
to_IN
have_HV
lived_VBN
half_NN
of_IN
your_PP$
life_NN
in_IN
one_CD
country_NN
and_CC
half_NN
in_IN
a_DT
country_NN
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
side_NN
of_IN
the_DT
world--what_RB
it_PP
is_BEZ
like_IN
to_IN
no_DT
longer_JJR
have_HV
a_DT
place_NN
to_IN
call_NN
home_NN
._.
slim_JJ
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
belong_VB
in_IN
china_NP
,_,
nor_CC
does_DOZ
he_PP
belong_VB
in_IN
america_NP
,_,
where_CS
he_PP
can_MD
barely_RB
speak_VB
the_DT
language_NN
._.
seeing_VBG
water_NN
buffalo_NP
in_IN
the_DT
fields_NNS
and_CC
rafts_NNS
poled_VBN
down_RP
the_DT
river_NN
and_CC
fireworks_NNS
exploding_VBG
gloriously_RB
in_IN
the_DT
sky_NN
over_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
village_NN
,_,
we_PP
come_VB
to_TO
know_VB
the_DT
world_NN
slim_JJ
left_JJ
behind_IN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
seems_VBZ
as_CS
if_CS
he_PP
too_RB
is_BEZ
knowing_VBG
it_PP
for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
time_NN
,_,
and_CC
wishes_NNS
it_PP
felt_VBD
more_DT
like_IN
home_NN
._.
the_DT
condition_NN
of_IN
the_DT
expatriate_JJ
is_BEZ
eloquently_RB
portrayed_VBN
;_;
i_PP
,_,
being_BEG
one_CD
,_,
was_BEDZ
sympathetic_JJ
._.
on_IN
his_PP$
way_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
parent_NN
's_POS
village_NN
,_,
slim_JJ
hooks_NNS
up_RP
with_IN
jenny_NP
(_(
sylvia_NP
chang_NP
)_)
,_,
whom_WP
he_PP
knew_VBD
when_CS
she_PP
was_BEDZ
a_DT
girl_NN
nicknamed_VBD
odds-and-ends_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
what_WDT
he_PP
continues_VBZ
to_IN
call_NN
her_PP
,_,
although_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
now_RB
a_DT
mature_JJ
,_,
professional_JJ
,_,
attractive_JJ
woman_NN
,_,
to_IN
be_BE
married_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
spring_NN
to_IN
an_DT
american-chinese_JJ
man_NN
._.
slim_JJ
and_CC
odds-and-ends_NNS
fall_VB
for_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
predictable_JJ
._.
the_DT
manner_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
their_PP$
(_(
non-_???
)_)
romance_NN
is_BEZ
played_VBN
out_RP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
._.
the_DT
emotions_NNS
involved_VBN
are_BER
adult_JJ
and_CC
complex_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
avoids_VBZ
cheap_JJ
solutions_NNS
to_IN
their_PP$
dilemma_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
typical_JJ
,_,
for_IN
instance_NN
,_,
that_CS
the_DT
fianc_NP
?_?
in_IN
this_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
plot_NN
be_BE
a_DT
colossal_JJ
jerk_NN
,_,
because_CS
it_PP
makes_VBZ
it_PP
easier_JJR
to_TO
empathize_VB
with_IN
the_DT
unrequited_JJ
lover_NN
._.
but_CC
here_RB
the_DT
fianc_NP
?_?
is_BEZ
a_DT
decent_JJ
,_,
ordinary_JJ
guy_NN
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
slim_JJ
would_MD
like_VB
to_IN
feel_NN
anger_NN
,_,
he_PP
cannot_NN
._.
the_DT
fianc_NP
?_?
has_HVZ
done_DON
nothing_PN
wrong_JJ
;_;
the_DT
situation_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
result_NN
of_IN
bad_JJ
luck_NN
or_CC
bad_JJ
decisions_NNS
,_,
take_VB
your_PP$
pick_NN
._.
eight_CD
taels_NNS
has_HVZ
its_PP$
share_NN
of_IN
flaws_NNS
(_(
the_DT
early_JJ
sequences_NNS
in_IN
america_NP
and_CC
on_IN
the_DT
plane_NN
to_IN
china_NP
are_BER
especially_RB
weak_JJ
)_)
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
compensates_VBZ
with_IN
insight_NN
._.
when_CS
odds-and-ends_NNS
tells_VBZ
slim_JJ
that_CS
her_PP
future_NN
husband_NN
wants_VBZ
to_IN
move_NN
to_IN
san_NP
francisco_NP
,_,
she_PP
notes_VBZ
resignedly_RB
,_,
"_"
it_PP
's_BEZ
all_PDT
the_DT
same_DT
._.
wherever_WRB
we_PP
go_VB
,_,
we'll_???
be_BE
in_CD
chinatown_JJ
,_,
"_"
and_CC
her_PP
straightforward_JJ
statement_NN
expresses_VBZ
much_DT
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
insight_NN
,_,
too_RB
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
understanding_NN
of_IN
the_DT
consequences_NNS
of_IN
slim_JJ
and_CC
odds-and-ends_NNS
'_"
decisions_NNS
:_:
he_PP
to_TO
move_VB
to_IN
america_NP
,_,
she_PP
to_IN
marry_VB
a_NP
chinese-american_JJ
._.
both_RB
their_PP$
choices_NNS
were_BED
perhaps_RB
born_VBN
of_IN
impatience_NN
,_,
perhaps_RB
of_IN
a_DT
sense_NN
that_CS
the_DT
grass_NN
is_BEZ
always_RB
greener--and_NP
it_PP
turns_VBZ
out_RP
that_CS
both_RB
choices_NNS
were_BED
wrong_JJ
._.
but_CC
they_PP
cannot_NN
undo_VB
them_PP
;_;
they_PP
must_MD
live_VB
with_IN
what_WDT
they_PP
have_HV
done_DON
._.
such_DT
is_BEZ
life_NN
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
tender_JJ
toward_IN
these_DT
people_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
offers_VBZ
no_DT
false_JJ
comforts_NNS
._.
everything_PN
that_CS
is_BEZ
right_JJ
and_CC
true_JJ
about_IN
eight_CD
taels_NNS
comes_VBZ
together_RB
in_IN
one_CD
great_JJ
scene_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
the_DT
culmination_NN
of_IN
the_DT
love_NN
story_NN
._.
slim_JJ
and_CC
odds-and-ends_NNS
sit_VB
in_IN
a_DT
secluded_JJ
spot_NN
and_CC
talk_VB
hesitantly_RB
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
muted_JJ
pop-pop_NN
of_IN
fireworks_NNS
exploding_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
night_NN
behind_IN
them_PP
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
seems_VBZ
the_DT
conversation_NN
will_MD
lead_VB
to_IN
a_DT
kiss_NN
._.
the_DT
exchange_NN
that_CS
follows_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
what_WDT
slim_JJ
then_JJ
does_DOZ
,_,
is_BEZ
poignant_JJ
and_CC
perfect_JJ
:_:
with_IN
clarity_NN
and_CC
understatement_NN
,_,
we_PP
see_VB
two_CD
people_NN
's_POS
lives_NNS
,_,
their_PP$
heartbreaks_NNS
and_CC
virtues_NNS
,_,
summed_VBD
up_RP
in_IN
a_DT
single_JJ
moment_NN
._.
yes_UH
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
flawed_JJ
,_,
but_CC
moments_NNS
like_IN
that_DT
justify_VB
most_DT
of_IN
its_PP$
inadequacies_NNS
._.
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