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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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Film Thursday of Taiwan Academy presents The documentary “DEEP AFFECTION FOR TAIWAN — Tyzen Hsiao’s Nostalgic Songs of Passion” 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 2nd documentary about the musician Tyzen Hsiao will be screened on May 22nd:   DEEP AFFECTION FOR TAIWAN — Tyzen Hsiao’s Nostalgic Songs of Passion 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 22nd, please RSVP here This documentary has been honored with Bronze Remi Award in 43rd Annual World Fest- Houston International Film Festival, 2010. Tyzen Hsiao is a Taiwanese composer of the neo-Romantic school. Many of his vocal works set poems written in Taiwanese, the mother tongue of the majority of the island’s residents. His compositions stand as a musical manifestation of the Taiwanese literature movement that revitalized the island’s literary and performing arts in the 1970s and 1980s. Tyzen Hsiao’s rich tonal style has earned him an international reputation as “Taiwan’s Rachmaninoff.” His compositions include works for solo instruments and chamber ensembles, many works for solo voice, and large-scale pieces for orchestras and choirs with soloists. His career in music includes additional success as a pianist and conductor.   …

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Film Thursday of Taiwan Academy presents “Salute to the Masters: National Cultural Award Laureate Documentary” Film Series

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 Executive Yuan National Cultural Award is a lifetime achievement award that honors those who have made special contributions to the maintenance or enhancement of culture, and is the highest honor for an individual in cultural circles of Taiwan. Since the award was established by the Executive Yuan of Taiwan in 1980, a total of 68 artists have been honored in fields such as education, literature, cinematic, art and dance etc. The 3 documentaries are as follows: 1. FLYING WITH MY HEART — Li Tai Hsiang(2012) 6:30 pm, Thursday, April 24th Li Tai-hsiang is the composer of the popular classic, “The Olive Tree.” His compositions are well-known throughout the Chinese-speaking world; his artistry has elevated the standard for popular music and nurtured generations of songwriters. Li paid much attention to music popularization in addition to composing rigorous classical music works. He thinks that there could exist a new opening between art and popular music. His songs combined not only …

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Taiwan’s ICE POISON Featured in 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Directed by Burmese-Taiwanese director Midi Z, ICE POISON is chosen for the Narrative Feature in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. It is the only title from Taiwan and one of the two Mandarin film selected this year. The director will attend the screening on April 18. Midi Z was born in Burma and educated in Taiwan since 1998. ICE POISON is his third feature film, which won rave reviews in this year’s Berlin Film Festival. “With three feature films under his belt, Burmese-Taiwanese director, Midi Z, has developed a naturalistic cinematic language that allows a documentary-like intimacy with his characters. In his latest work, he has crafted a measured drama that balances the daily hardships faced by many in Myanmar with moments of joy shared by his characters—from the glowing neon lights of a karaoke bar to the freedom of the open road, and the tainted promise of the drug that allows for a fleeting escape but threatens to continue their cycle of poverty,” commented by Ian Hollander on Tribeca Film Festival’s website. Tsai Ming-Liang’s JOURNEY TO THE WEST is also featured in the festival. Pin-Chun Liu, producer from Taiwan, will present her short film CONTRAPELO, too. For screening time …

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WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? to Screen in New York from Jan. 17

Directed by Taiwan’s Arvin Chen, WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? will be released in AMC Empire 25 Times Square starting from Jan. 17 chosen for the World Narrative Competition in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Arvin Chen’s first film AU REVOIR TAIPEI received raves of good reviews in international festivals, and this time he comes back with a romance comedy. “Straitlaced optometrist Weichung is finding the typical married life difficult. Then he bumps into an old flame, setting off an unexpected array of dormant emotions. Meanwhile, his sister Mandy flees her sad sack fiancé, coping via food and the fantastical appearance of a daytime soaps star on her couch. Arvin Chen’s sophomore feature is a fresh and playful comedy about the odd realities of desire in a traditional society and what happens when you seek a big change,” commented by Tribeca Film Festival, which included this year last spring.

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