FaceTaiwan: Power of Taiwan Cinema
by HSIAO Chu-chen
It has been 30 years since the first wave of New Taiwan Cinema. HOU Hsiao-hsien, now a mentor to many young filmmakers, is breaking into another new territory with his first martial arts film. TSAI Ming-liang still makes auteur films and is experimenting with new ways to distribute them. Ten of Edward YANG’s previous assistants or protégés have become directors themselves. Younger generations of directors are facing an audience hungry for films that make them feel the link with their land and society.
In FaceTaiwan, 30 key Taiwanese filmmakers – including HOU Hsiao-hsien, TSAI Ming-liang, Midi Z, LEE Lieh, WEI Te-sheng, Leon DAI, Sylvia CHANG, LIM Giong, Doze NIU Chen-zer, Tom LIN – talk about what it is like to make films in Taiwan nowadays, how they are profoundly affected by New Taiwan Cinema, and how hard some of them try to escape from it by making totally different kinds of films.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS
2016 Singapore Chinese Film Festival
Running Time: 82 mins
Year of Completion: 2016
Director: HSIAO Chu-chen
Jane H.C. YU