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Taiwan

HHH: Portrait de Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-Hsein examines questions of identity and "native land," as he returns to the places of his youth to talk to childhood friends and discuss his films. His work is inseparably linked with the recent history of Taiwan and the emergence of the Taiwanese "Nouvelle Vague," an intellectual movement that united Taiwanese writers, journalists and filmmakers at the end of the 1970s; a movement that only became possible with the end of censorship and the advent of free discussions, through film and literature, about Taiwan's society. 1998. 90 min.

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Hei yan quan) (Malaysia / China / Taiwan / France / Austria, 2006)

Director, Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Norman Atun, Pearlly Chua. Set in Malaysia this is the story of an erotic love triangle. A young drifter who is beaten by thugs is rescued by an immigrant worker who nurses him back to health. The drifter develops a crush on a waitress who lives upstairs and the three become lovers. 118 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Puppetmaster (Hsi meng jen sheng) (Taiwan, 1993)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Based on the highly dramatic autobiography of real life Taiwanese puppetmaster Li Tian-lu. The story covers the period of Japanese colonization from 1910 to World War II. Li's puppetry, like all Chinese culture, was banned by the Japanese, but during World War II, the Japanese used the traditional Chinese puppet theater for their war propaganda. Only after the war did street theatres start playing again. 142 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Pushing Hands (Tui shou) (Taiwan, 1991)

Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Lang Xiong, Wang Lai, Wang Yetong, Deb Snyder. A tai-chi master and widower moves from Beijing to a New York suburb to live with his only son. With a daughter-in-law who has no use for him and an ever-changing society, problems quickly arise. He is forced to call upon his tai-chi teachings and it's "pushing hands" to give him the balance needed to survive in this poignant and comic tale. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Rebels of the Neon God (Qing shao nian nuo zha) (Taiwan, 1992)

Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Cast: Chao-jung Chen, Chang-bin Jen, Kang-sheng Lee, Hsaio-Ling Lu, Tien Miao, Yu-Wen Wang. Set amidst the urban jungle of Taipei, is this stylish tale of teen angst and despair. Centering on four disaffected, disillusioned youth, the storyline shuttles between the deadpan, petty con games of two Taipei hoods, a young woman, and a cab driver's son who's being pressured to study by his parents. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

That Day on the Beach (Hai tan ti i tien) (Taiwan, 1983)

Directed by Edward Yang. Brought up in a strict and well-protected environment, Chia-li fought against a pre-arranged marriage, left home and married Te-wei. As Te-wei's career advances, they gradually grow apart and problems arise which Chia-li refuses to confront. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. 166 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Boys from Fengkuei (Fenggui lai de ren) (Taiwan, 1983)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Ah-Ching and his friends have just finished school in their island fishing village, and now spend most of their time drinking and fighting. Three of them decide to go to the port city of Kaohsiung to look for work. They find an apartment through relatives, and Ah-Ching is attracted to the girlfriend of a neighbor. There they face the harsh realities of the big city. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Hole (Dong) (Taiwan, 1998)

Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Seven days into the 21st century the rain will not let up in Taiwan and a strange disease reaches epic proportions. Tenants of a run-down apartment refuse to leave. The plumber comes to fix a leak and leaves a gaping hole through which the tenant spies on his neighbor. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Personals (Zheng hun qi shi) (Taiwan, 1998)

Directed by Chen Kuo-fu. An attractive and successful ophthalmologist quits her job and places a personal ad in the newspaper. She has a specific purpose in her ad - she is looking for marriage. After a series of blind dates with men who are either lonely, desperate, strange, perverted, or all of the above, what she really wants is her mysterious ex-lover to came back to her. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The River (He liu) (Taiwan, 1997)

Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Miao Tien, Lu Hsiao-ling, Chen Shiang-chyi, Chang Long, Anne Hui, Chen Chao-jung. A troubled Twainese family living separate lives is driven on a quest to alleviate the son's pain after taking a dunk in the polluted Tansui River. They try virtually every intervention for his neck pain: Western medicine, a chiropractor, acupuncture, an herbal doctor, and a faith healer, Master Liu. Are the family's silent dynamics and his neck pain connected? 115 min.

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