FILM

Taiwan Cinema Now! in 2015 NYAFF

A long-awaited lineup of Taiwan’s film is going to bring laughter and tears to local audience in 2015 New York Asian Film Festival, starting from June 26. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, these 4 contemporary films featuring unique Taiwan flavor are not to be missed this summer. MEETING DR. SUN | 行動代號孫中山 U.S. Premiere Taiwan, 2014 Running Time: 94 minutes Format: DCP Language: Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles Director: Yee Chih-Yen Cast: Zhan Huai-Ting, Matthew Wei, Joseph Chang, Bryan Chang Showtimes: Tuesday, June 30, 8:30pm at Walter Reade Theatre One of the best heist movies you’ll ever see, only this time it’s not about cool professionals pulling off one last job. Instead it’s a deadpan send-up of the genre about two rival gangs of high school students, desperate to pay their school fees, who simultaneously decide to steal their school’s statue of national hero, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, to sell for scrap metal. So stone-faced you almost don’t see the comedy coming until it’s too late, this movie specializes in the absurdity of kids driven to extremes, but what starts as schoolyard slapstick becomes an urgent call for Taiwan’s youth to …

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Spring 2015 Taiwan Film Series

Spring 2015 Taiwan Film Series Following in the footsteps of the Taiwanese Opera Diva: Liao Chiung-Chih It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its 2015 Taiwan Film Series with the title “Following in their footsteps: A recollection of three influential Taiwanese Artists”, which includes 1 feature film and 2 documentaries as follows: 1. Actress—Ching Chiang Hsi Shih: Beauty of Beauties(Feature Film, 1965, 154 min.) 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 25th 2. Writer—Pai Hsien-Yung The Sudden Recollection of “Taipei People” (Documentary, 2014, 40 min.) 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 28th 3. Taiwanese Opera Singer—Liao Chiung-Chih Peony Blossoms: Taiwanese Opera Maestro Liao Chiung-Chih (Documentary, 2009, 45 min.) 6:30 pm, Thursday, June 25th, please RSVP here On June 25th will be screened the documentary, The Peony Blossoms. It was a Gold Remi Winner in 42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, 2009. The film documents the lives of Liao Chiung-Chih, a legendary Taiwanese opera maestro. She began her operatic career at age 10. After more than 60 years of performing, she is a central figure of traditional Taiwanese opera. The saying “drama is but a reflection of real life” is well-suited to describe the unparalleled life of …

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Following in the footsteps of the eminent writer: Pai Hsien-Yung

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its 2015 Taiwan Film Series with the title “Following in their footsteps: A recollection of three influential Taiwanese Artists”, which includes 1 feature film and 2 documentaries as follows: 1. Actress—Ching Chiang Hsi Shih: Beauty of Beauties(Feature Film, 1965, 154 min.) 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 25th 2. Writer—Pai Hsien-Yung The Sudden Recollection of “Taipei People” (Documentary, 2014, 40 min.) 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 28th, please RSVP here 3. Taiwanese Opera Singer—Liao Chiung-Chih Taiwanese Opera Maestro Liao Chiung-Chih (Documentary, 2009, 45 min.) 6:30 pm, Thursday, June 25th On May 28th will be screened the documentary, The Sudden Recollection of “Taipei People”. It is about Pai Hsien-Yung, a writer of modernism literature in Taiwan. He has published more than a dozen literary works. His writing career started with his first collection of short stories, Fallen Immortals, followed by well-know works like Taipei People, Wandering in a Garden, Waking from a Dream, and Crystal Boys, etc. His works combine essence from traditional Chinese and modern Western novels and the depiction of ordinary people piece up a picture of the sorrow, joy, separation and reunion of humanity in …

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Spring 2015 Taiwan Film Series

Following in their footsteps: A recollection of three influential Taiwanese Artists It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its 2015 Taiwan Film Series with the title “Following in their footsteps”, which includes 1 feature film and 2 documentaries as follows: 1. Actress—Ching Chiang Hsi Shih: Beauty of Beauties(Feature Film, 1965) 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 25th, please RSVP here 2. Writer—Pai Hsien-Yung The Sudden Recollection of “Taipei People” (Documentary, 2014) 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 28th 3. Taiwanese Opera Singer—Liao Chiung-Chih Taiwanese Opera Maestro Liao Chiung-Chih (Documentary, 2009) 6:30 pm, Thursday, June 25th The film “Hsi Shih” was at the time the biggest-budget Chinese language movie ever made in Taiwan. And the protagonist Chiang made close to 30 films in Hong Kong and Taiwan in the 1960′s and 1970′s. She hit her big time in Taiwan’s film industry and won the Best Actress Award at the Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival in 1967. She was the only movie/stage artist who traversed the three Chinese political entities – PRC, British colonial Hong Kong, and Taiwan – during the Cold War. In 1970, Chiang left the Taiwan/Hong Kong film industry at the height of her …

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Taiwan Director Tsai Ming-liang Received a Major Retrospective at Museum of Moving Image (April 10-26)

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is happy to announce that Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, will be the subject of a major retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image, from April 10 through 26. It will be the most comprehensive presentation of Tsai’s work ever presented in New York. Distinguished by a unique austerity of style and a minutely controlled mise-en-scene in which the smallest gestures give off enormous reverberations, Tsai’s films comprise one of the most monumental bodies of work of the past 25 years. And, with actor Lee Kang-sheng, who has appeared in every film, Tsai’s stories express an intimate acquaintance with despair and isolation, punctuated by deadpan humor. The Museum’s eighteen-film retrospective, Tsai Ming-liang, includes all of the director’s feature films as well as many rare shorts and an early television feature (Boys, 1991), and the revealing 2013 documentary Past Present, by Malaysian filmmaker Tiong Guan Saw. From Rebels of the Neon God (1992), which propelled Tsai into the international spotlight, and his 1990s powerhouse films Vive L’Amour (1994), The River (1997), and The Hole (1998); and films made in his native Malaysia, I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006) …

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Film Series: Female Directors from Taiwan

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce that “Film Series: female Directors from Taiwan” will be screened at Michigan State University, Hunter College and Mid-Manhattan Library. The series include Tai-jen Wu’s Let’s Fall in Love, She-Wei Chou ‘s The Golden Child, Yu-shan Huang ‘s Twin Bracelets, Shining Chen ‘s God Man Dog and Yun-Chan Lee ‘s The Shoe Fairy. The 4 feature films and 1 documentary film represent the unique contemporary works from Taiwan’s women directors. Tai-jen Wu and She-Wei Chou will also be present for after- screening talks.. 4 Films showing at Mid-Manhattan Library are free which include: Tai-jen Wu’s Let’s Fall in Love, Yu-shan Huang ‘s Twin Bracelets, Shining Chen ‘s God Man Dog and Yun-Chan Lee ‘s The Shoe Fairy. 3 Films showing at Hunter College include:She-Wei Chou ‘s The Golden Child, Tai-jen Wu’s Let’s Fall in Love, Yu-shan Huang ‘s Twin Bracelets. The above three screenings are open to the public with limited seats. RSVP at chineseflagship@hunter.cuny.edu Mid-Manhattan Library Let’s Fall in Love尋情歷險記 Screening and director talk DVD | Color | 2009 | 90 mins | Saturday, April 4 | 2:00 p.m. The director interviews more than 20 couples and hears their stories …

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Taiwan director Midi Z Retrospective at Asia Society (March 6-13)

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is delighted to announce its collaboration with Asia Society to present “Homecoming Myanmar: A Midi Z Retrospective” between March 6-13. A rising talent in international cinema, Myanmar-born and Taiwan-based Midi Z has developed a signature style for his intimate and authentic portraits of people struggling with displacement and poverty on the margins of Myanmar society. Hailing from an ethnic Chinese family in Lashio, a small town in the eastern Shan state, Z draws inspiration from the people he is familiar with in this remote region with a porous border next door to China, Laos, and Thailand. Driven by social and economic hardship, they make ends meet drifting in-between worlds where smuggling and human and drug trafficking are rampant. Compassion and a documentary impulse guide Z’s camera as it quietly observes his characters’ actions and choices in a nonjudgmental manner. Mostly shot guerrilla-style in Myanmar, without official permission, the films also demonstrate formal rigor through meticulously crafted narrative structure and camerawork. This first U.S. survey of Z’s work includes all of the director’s fiction features plus a short. All films with English subtitles. Screenings at: Asia Society 725 Park Avenue (at 70 Street) New York, …

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An Evening With Jimmy Wong Yu at FSLC

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York is pleased to announce “An Evening With Jimmy Wong Yu” will be held on November 11. It is co-hosted by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema and will be held at the Walter Reade Theater. Schedule 5:30pm Reception 7:00pm Lifetime Achievement Award presentation and an on-stage conversation with Wong Yu 8:00pm MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1976, 93min, in Mandarin with English subtitles) For tickets, please visit http://www.filmlinc.com The legendary Taiwanese actor will be presented with the New York Asian Film Festival’s esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award and participate in an on-stage conversation prior to the screening of his 1977 masterpiece Master of the Flying Guillotine in 35mm. In the 1960s the Shaw Brothers were looking to expand from their more traditional dramas and romances to martial-arts films, and one of their hires was a former water polo champion, horse rider, and car racer: Jimmy Wong Yu. Appearing in films like Temple of the Red Lotus, Twin Swords, Magnificent Trio, and Tiger Boy at the beginning of his career, his true breakthrough came in Chang Chen’s landmark The One-Armed Swordsman (1967), the film that launched Wong Yu’s career as well …

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Film Thursday of Taiwan Academy presents “Rebels of the Neon God” on October 23rd

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York launchs its Film Thursday program with “Rebels: Down the Flaming Road” film series every fourth Thursday. 3 feature films selected from “Taiwan Cinema Toolkit” to be screened on August 28th, September 25th and October 23rd are “Monga”, “Fantôme, où es-tu?” and “Rebels of the Neon God”. The third film, “Rebels of the Neon God” will be screened on October 23rd. This film was awarded the Best Original Film Score Award of Golden Horse Awards in 1992 and the Best Film Award of Torino International Festival of Young Cinema in 1993. As an overseas Chinese, the director Tsai Ming-Liang doesn’t make movies per se. He takes slices out of people’s lives and puts them up on the screen for people to see. His singular aesthetic seems to have already been fully formed in this, his first feature. This movie is an example of this style of film-making seen through the eyes of a group of teens in contemporary Taipei city. 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 …

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