FILM

Film Thursday of Taiwan Academy presents “Fantôme, où es-tu?” on September 25th

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its Film Thursday program with “Rebels: Down the Flaming Road” film series every fourth Thursday. 3 feature films selected from “Taiwan Cinema Toolkit” will be screened on August 28th, September 25th and October 23rd. They are “Monga”, “Fantôme, où es-tu?” and “Rebels of the Neon God”. The second film, “Fantôme, où es-tu?” will be screened on September 25th. The director Wang Shaudi is a master of the “drama of ordinary folks,” especially the genre of comic family-drama in Taiwan. In Fantôme, où es-tu? she turns her lens to teenagers’ lives. This film is adapted from a real social event in Taiwan. Wang sets several binary oppositions on issues of gender identity, social class, family structure, and teenagers’ subcultures. As the narrative goes, these oppositions undergo a dialectic development, and the boundary between these oppositions becomes more delicate. Finally, the film also probes the issue of “forgiveness” in Taiwan society. Victims of social and historical incidents could turn into those who perpetrate violence if they allow themselves to be consumed by the desire for revenge. Through the soul of the dead (represented by Cool-Ma’s ghost), …

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“Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien” in MoMI

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce its first collaboration with the prestigious Museum of Moving Images to host the first comprehensive internationally-touring retrospective, “Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien.” All of this master’s works will be screened, starting from Sept. 12 to Oct. 17. Hou Hsiao-hsien, the leading figure of the Taiwanese New Wave, is one of the most important and influential filmmakers to emerge over the past three decades. His sensuous, richly textured work, marked by elegantly staged long takes, largely static camera positions, and a radically elliptical approach to storytelling, is instantly recognizable in such widely acclaimed movies as Flowers of Shanghai, The Puppetmaster, Café Lumière, A City of Sadness, Dust in the Wind, and Flight of the Red Balloon. The retrospective Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien includes all of Hou’s seventeen feature films as director, all shown on film (including new 35mm prints). The series will also include short films directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, and a sidebar program of related films including Olivier Assayas’s intimate documentary HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang’s seminal Taipei Story (starring, and co-written by, Hou), and more. This internationally touring retrospective …

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Film Thursday of Taiwan Academy presents “Rebels: Down the Flaming Road” Film Series

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its Film Thursday program with “Rebels: Down the Flaming Road” film series every fourth Thursday. 3 feature films selected from “Taiwan Cinema Toolkit” will be screened on August 28th, September 25th and October 23rd. They are “Monga”, “Fantôme, où es-tu?” and “Rebels of the Neon God”. The “Taiwan Cinema Toolkit” is part of four “Taiwan Cultural Toolkit” projects initiated by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan and implemented by the Chinese Taipei Film Archive. It will provide easy and convenient access to the best of Taiwan cinema for every Taiwan film lover outside of Taiwan. The “Taiwan Cinema Toolkit” is an ongoing project, there are 70 films included in it by now and will be more and more films added year by year. Every film in the Taiwan Cinema Toolkit is recommended by directors, film critics, curators, and given subtitles, e.g. Chinese, English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, etc. The first film, “Monga”, will be screened on August 28th. Monga is an old district of Taipei which has long been the domain of the local gangsters. The film is set in 1980s Taiwan about friendship …

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Dance film screening

Presented by Dance Films Association and Taipei Culture Center in New York together with Harbor for the Arts Festival Short dance films made on location in Cape Charles, Virginia by 15 international artists under the mentorship of Noémie Lafrance, produced by Harbor for the Arts Festival, a creative-placemaking project supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Dance film screening Wednesday August 20, 2014 7:30pm, FREE RSVP Click Here Location: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office 1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017 (Between 5 Avenue & Madison Avenue) Light Refreshments will be served! Meet with filmmakers and with Experimental Film Virginia Director Renata Sheppard.

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THE RICE BOMBER and other Films from Taiwan to be featured in 2014 AAIFF

This year’s Asian American International Film Festival highlights several Taiwanese films focused on rural experiences and grassroots activism in Taiwan, in response to urbanization and globalization. This timely theme consists of the following films: THE RICE BOMBER, 100 DAYS, A TIME IN QUCHI, and short film A BREATH FROM THE BOTTOM, featured in MEMORIES FROM THE STRIKE. In addition, Tainan-based stop-motion animation artist Hui-ching Tseng will lead two stop-motion workshops with local youth. The program is sponsored by Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. Based on an actual social event, THE RICE BOMBER depicts a series of bombing incidents in Taiwan as the country entered the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the early 2000s. To battle the encumbrance of an unfamiliar globalized food supply, farmer Yang Rumen transforms into an advocate for local farmers. The film is an official selection for Berlinale 2014. Director Cho Li and Producer Yeh Jufeng will be in attendance. Written by Taiwanese-American screenwriter Weiko Lin and produced solely in Taiwan, 100 DAYS successfully integrates local Taiwanese flavors despite its blockbuster finesse. The heartfelt romantic comedy follows a cold-hearted telecommunications executive named Bo Dan to return to his hometown on …

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Taiwan’s KANO and other films to be featured in 2014 NYAFF

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce that 4 most anticipated films, including Umin Boya’s period baseball epic KANO, will be featured in this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, which starts from June 27 to July 14 at Lincoln Center Film Society. KANO (North American premiere) is previously announced as of is festival’s Centerpiece Presentation, and the director Umin Boya will attend the screening. NYAFF will also honor Jimmy Wong Yu with the 2014 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently enjoying a bright Indian Summer in his long career, with juicy roles in Chung Mong-hong’s art-house slasher Soul (2013), he has set the template for modern kung-fu movies with The Chinese Boxer (1970), and was instrumental in kicking off the swordfighting (wuxia) movie craze with his star-making performance in Chang Cheh’s The One Armed-Swordsman (1967). CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION North American Premiere KANO (2014) Country: Taiwan Language: Japanese, Taiwanese, Hakka, and Taiwan Aboriginal with English subtitles Director: Umin Boya The star of Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale and already an award-winning television director, Umin Boya, makes his feature-film directorial debut with the true story of Kagi Agriculture and Forestry Public School’s baseball team. Known as the pioneers …

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Film Thursday of Taiwan Academy presents The documentary “CALLIGRAPHY FROM THE SOUL — Chang Kuang-Pin” on Thursday

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its Film Thursday program with “Salute to the Masters: National Cultural Award Laureate Documentary” film series, which includes 3 documentaries of National Cultural Award laureates. The 3rd documentary about the calligrapher Chang Kuang-Pin will be screened on June 26th.   CALLIGRAPHY FROM THE SOUL — Chang Kuang-Pin 6:30 pm, Thursday, June 26th, please RSVP here  This documentary has been honored with Special Jury Remi Award in 44th Annual World Fest- Houston International Film Festival, 2011. Professor Chang Kuang-Pin is one of the prominent barriers of Chinese calligraphy and paintings. He has spent almost a century in studying, creating and teaching, the 100-year-old professor still moves forward in his settlement in Chinese calligraphy and painting. His insights in life and open-minded attitude are all reflected in his pursuit of line, texture and metaphors. Very much different from that of most modern artists who stress to represent partial visual world, his works always try to cast lights upon his admiration toward landscapes in calligraphy and painting.   After the screening of Chang Kuang-Pin the 2 documentaries screened before, Li Tai Hsiang and Tyzen Hsiao, will be …

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“Highlights from Taiwan’s Women Make Waves Film Festival” in New York Public Library

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce that “Highlights from Taiwan’s Women Make Waves Film Festival” will be screened at New York Public Library of Performing Arts and Mid-Manhattan Library. The series include 2 feature films and 2 documentaries, which represent the best contemporary works from Taiwan’s women directors. Free entry. New York Library for the Performing Art (40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023) Saturday, June 21 at 2:30p.m. Ripples of Desire 花漾 Directed by Zero Chou 周美玲 2012, 122 min. In this tale of jealousy and passion, set in the 17th century on a floating island populated by pirates, two sisters, Snow and Frost, train to become the island’s top courtesans. Virtuous and kind-hearted, Snow quickly falls in love with her teacher. Frost, on the other hand, believes that to survive, she needs to learn the art of manipulation. Thursday, June 26 at 6:00p.m. The Golden Child 金孫 Directed by She-wei Chou 周旭薇 2012, 86 min. In a small Taiwanese village, a traditional housewife arranges a marriage between her only son and a young Vietnamese woman. She wants her immigrant daughter-in-law is to share domestic chores and bear a grandchild. However, such a simple plan leads to …

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All Hail the King: The Films of King Hu from June 6 to 17

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York is delighted to announce that from June 6 to 17, All Hail the King: The Films of King Hu, a 15-film tribute to the Chinese cinematic titan, will be co-presented with BAMcinématek. Master of the martial arts movie, King Hu revolutionized the wuxia/swordplay film, introducing a refined sense of aesthetics, attention to mise-en-scène, and sense of mysticism to the genre that was borne out of his lifelong love for Chinese opera. With his unique blend of stoic, iconic heroes, realistic violence, and dance-styled fight choreography, Hu’s style influenced decades of subsequent Asian cinema, revolutionizing the wuxia in the same way that Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone modernized the Western. All Hail the King includes nine features by Hu alongside a globe-spanning sidebar of films that both influenced and paid homage to him. Hu emigrated to Hong Kong as a teenager and drifted into jobs in the film industry, where he came to specialize as an actor and a set designer. For the famous Shaw Brothers studio, Hu worked as an assistant to director Han Hsiang Li on two films, including The Love Eterne (1963—Jun 7), a musical romance so popular in Southeast …

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