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A BORROWED LIFE (Wu Nien-jen, 1994)
... ... Too often, children only understand their par­ents when it's all too late. First time director Wu Nien-jen was long established as Taiwan's top screenwriter before being moved to make thi… Read more

A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Edward Yang, 1991)
... ... Edward Yang's long-awaited fourth feature is an independent production on an epic scale, a picture of Taiwan in 1960/61 as reflect­ed in the story of a teenage boy who kills a schoolgirl.… Read more

A CITY OF SADNESS (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1989)
ALL BAR ONE of Hou Hsiao-hsien's films have screened at previous Melbourne Film Festivals. This year, the Festival is proud to present Hou's most recent film, winner of the Golden Lion at last year's… Read more

A ONE AND A TWO (Edward Yang, 2000)
Aside from screenings at prestigious international Film Festivals from London and Hong Kong to New York and Toronto, A One and a Two has picked up a slew of awards including Best Director at Cannes 2… Read more

A ONE AND A TWO (YI YI) (M) (Edward Yang, 2000)
"As I watched... Yi Yi [A One and A Two] through bleary eyes, I struggled to identify the overpowering feeling that was making me tear up. Was it grief? Joy? Mirth? Yes, I decided, it was all of thes… Read more

AU REVOIR TAIPEI (Arvin Chen, 2009)
“A perky urban dramedy that makes one smile from ear to ear.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Filmmaker Arvin Chen combines a colourful visual aesthetic and a hilarious ensemble of urban characters in t… Read more

BIRDLAND (Huang Min-Chen, 2000)
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 honou… Read more

BLUE GATE CROSSING (Yee Chih-yen, 2002)
Blue Gate Crossing is a lyrical and tender ode to the difficult, and often precarious phase of moving from adolescence to adulthood. ... Flighty Yuezhan has a typical schoolgirl crush on the handsome… Read more

BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY, A (Edward Yang, 1991)
"This film is so uncommonly good that Yang's other very impressive works pale beside it." - Chicago Reader ... Often spoken of in terms of ‘genius' and even ‘one of the greatest films ever made',… Read more

BUDDHA BLESS AMERICA (Wu Nien-jen, 1996)
Taiwan's colonial past is brought into sharp and ironic relief in Wu Nien-jen's satiric com­edy. Though the settings and cultural references are very specific, audiences will have no trouble reco… Read more

CONFUCIAN CONFUSION, A (Edward Yang, 1994)
"Sleek, chic and hysterical, the film owes more to Preston Sturges than Michelangelo Antonioni." - Cinematheque Ontario ... Set over a couple of frenetic days in a Taipei entertainment corporation, A… Read more

DARKNESS BRIDE (William Kwok Wai-lun, 2004)
Darkness Bride (You Gou) Hong Kong/TaiwanA chilling ghost story set in a far-flung Chinese province where industrialisation and medieval beliefs clash. The superstition that a man who dies single wil… Read more

DAUGHTER OF THE NILE (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1987)
In the last few years Hou Hsiao-hsien's films, (A Summer at Grandpa's '84, A Time to Live and a Time to Die '85 and Dust in the Wind '87) have reflected the considerable critical attention coming to,… Read more

DRUMMER, THE (Kenneth Bi, 2007)
An original melding of spiritualism and action starring Jaycee Chan, son of martial-arts legend Jackie Chan, rounded out with spirited drumming sequences. ... When Sid (Chan), the son of a triad boss… Read more

Expectations (Edward Yang, 1983)
Considered to be an early study for what would become Yang's masterpiece - A Brighter Summer Day - the short film Expectations (made as part of the omnibus film In Our Time) was responsible for estab… Read more

FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1998)
After a masterful series of films about the history of Taiwan, Hou Hsiao-hsien turns his gaze to a fascinating saga from Chinese history. Qing Dynasty 'Flower Houses', a polite euphemism for elegant … Read more

GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang, 2004)
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 c… Read more

HELP ME EROS (Lee Kang-sheng, 2007)
“Blessed with an intense sympathy for his vulnerable characters, Lee [Kang-sheng] confidently combines social themes of poignant authenticity with striking visual elements.” - Toronto Internation… Read more

I DON'T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (Tsai Ming-Liang, 2006)
“Albeit closer to ballet than drama, this urban nocturne is one of Tsai's most beautiful and naturalistic films.” - Village Voice Taiwan's champion of minimalism, Tsai Ming-liang (What Time is I… Read more

Joyce Agape- SHOW ME A STORY (Hsieh Chun-Yi, 2009)
Being confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean you can't dance. ... --- D Hsieh Chun-Yi P Hsiao-Fen Chang L Taiwanese, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more

LIKE A DREAM (Clara Law, 2009)
In his dreams, she appears as an otherworldly beauty. In reality, she 's a brassy country girl. Which version of this woman does he love? ... A Chinese man (played by Hong Kong superstar Daniel Wu) l… Read more

MAHJONG (Edward Yang, 1996)
“Yang's angriest and most provocative film, and also probably the one that's elicited the most anger from viewers, especially in the West.” - Chicago ReaderConsisting of seemingly disparate story… Read more

MIAO MIAO (Cheng Hsiao-Tse, 2008)
Teenage love just got trickier. ... It's never easy being the new girl at school. For quiet and awkward Miao Miao - raised in Japan, but transferring to Taipei for the year - things get a lot easier … Read more

MILLENNIUM MAMBO (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2001)
Working as a hostess at a trendy bar, Vicky is engrossed in a narcissistic lifestyle of nightclubs and Ecstasy pills. Her romantic attention is divided between two men. Hao-hao, her neurotic and jeal… Read more

MISSING, THE (Lee Kang-sheng, 2004)
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, Dr… Read more

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