Skip to main content

BIRDLAND

Taiwan, 2000 (MIFF 2001, Regional Focus)

Director: Huang Min-Chen

An ultralight aircraft glides and swoops over Taipei, breathtaking from the sky, in the opening of Huang Min-Chen's follow-up to the terrific Too Young. Once more the director made off with top honours at the Taipei Film Festival in 2000, again deserving accomplishment for his second extraordinary short feature. A boat-load of Illegal immigrants scatter over tidal flats as dawn approaches. The director follows the progress of their lives over subsequent weeks as they come to grips with the terrors and trials of their new home. Immigration officials, accidents and the immediate demands of food and shelter take their toll The illegals' lives intertwine with a number of locals, some of whom seem even less happy than the struggling new arrivals.

See also Too Young (page 28).

See also...

TOO YOUNG

Languid pace, gorgeous photography and a simple but emotive plot make this superb featurette one of the treasures worth unearthing at this year's Festival. Mo is a withdrawn and introspective ... More »

wayward cloud, the

Celebrated auteur Tsai Ming-liang returns to MIFF with his daring [The Wayward Cloud], which won the Fipresci and Silver Bear at Berlin, 2005. Loneliness and disconnection are at the heart of the ... More »

MISSING, THE

The Missing (Bu Jian) Taiwan ... Taiwanese actor Lee Kang-sheng is best known for his numerous lead roles in the films of Tsai Ming-liang, including What Time is it There' (MIFF 2002) and Goodbye ... More »

POSTCARD

Cheng Wen-Tang has emerged as a shining new cinematic light in Taiwan. He has crafted a superb, idiosyncratic debut that will ensure his name is one to watch. ... "Taiwan, an island too small to ... More »

GOODBYE, DRAGON INN

Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Bu San) TaiwanAs rain buckets down outside a cavernous cinema, inside a screening of the 1966 classic Dragon Inn heralds the closure of this run-down movie palace. The audience ... More »

THE FOUL KING

Dae-Ho, a timid bank clerk, is hopeless at his job. Mind you, it doesn't help that his boss is a ferocious disciplinarian who punishes staff with brutal headlocks Dae-Ho's escape comes with a ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director