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Taiwan

The Taiwan New Cinema

A documentary focusing on the two stages of motion pictures produced in Taiwan: beginnings and foundation building of the 1980s and the pluralistic creativity of the 1990s. Includes interviews with directors and film critics, extensive clips from films and commentary on the relationship between Taiwanese cinema and social development of the society. Commentary: Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Stan Lai, Ang Lee, Wang Toon, Peggy Chiao, Edmond K. Y. Wong, Lee Tain-dow, Hsu Hsiao-ming, Ho Ping , Wu Nien-Jen, Chen Yun-hou, Edward Yang, Chang Yi, Ko T-cheng.1998. 71 min.

The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun) (France / Taiwan, 2005)

Director, Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lu Yi-Ching, Yang Kuei-Mei. Set against the backdrop of the city of Tapei, a jaded adult movie star daystreams in eleborate, erotic fantasies interweaving colorful musical numbers into a tale of sexual voyerurism. When sexual fantasies and realities collide, the line blurs, creating an outrageous tale of obsessions. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (Taiwan/France, 2005)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. A rapturous and beautiful love story set in three different eras - a pool hall in 1966, a 1911 brothel, and present-day Taipei. The director brings to life the culture of each period as the tales unfold. 135 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Vive l'Amour (Ai qing wan sui) (Taiwan, 1994)

Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Yang Kui-mei, Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Chao-jung. Drama without dialog takes place in Taipei, Taiwan where a strange love triangle develops between a chic, seductive real estate agent, a street merchant and a shy, gay man who spies on the couple's trysts. 118 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Tsai Ming-Liang bibliography

Wedding Banquet (Hsi yen) (Taiwan, USA, 1993)

Director, Ang Lee. Cast: Ah-Leh Gua, Sihung Lung, May Chin, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein. A comedy about the relationship between a gay Asian american and his Taiwanese parents. In New York, the Taiwanese half of the gay couple hopes to end his parents' matchmaking by announcing that he's engaged. What he doesn't count on is that they'll fly in to meet the bride and plan the nuptials. 109 min. Video Disc 122; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

What Time Is It? (Ni na bian ji dian) (Taiwan, 2001)

Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lu Yi-Ching, Miao Tien, Cecilia Yip, Chen Chao-Jung, Tsai Guei, Jean-Pierre Leaud. Hxiao Kang sells watches on the streets of Taipei for a living. Shortly after his father's death, he meets a young woman who leaves for Paris the next day. He sells her his own watch which has two dials so she can keep time with both Paris and Taipei. His brief encounter with the young woman makes him run around setting all the watches in Taipei to Paris time. 116 min.

Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Taiwan, Japan, 1999)

Directed by Edward Yang. This story follows the individual lives of the Jian family: NJ Jian, his wife Min-Min, and their two kids who share their Taipei apartment with Min-Min's elderly mother. Due to many circumstances, the entire family is forced to re-evaluate who they are and what their lives have become. 173 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

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