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.


2016 Singapore Chinese Film Festival


Running Time: 82 mins
Year of Completion: 2016
Director: HSIAO Chu-chen


HSIAO Chu-chen

HSIAO Chu-chen graduated from the Department of Economics at National Tsinghua University in 1994. She began making documentaries during her final year of university. The Red Leaf Legend (1999) and Grandma’s Hairpin (2001) won her two Taipei Golden Horse Awards for Best Documentary. Her 2002 documentary Our Time, Our Story - 20 Years’ New Taiwan Cinema premiered at Busan International Film Festival celebrating the 20th anniversary of New Taiwan Cinema.


Jane H.C. YU

Jane YU received her MA in Cinema Studies from New York University. As a veteran programmer and film critic, she is the founder and director of BOOK MEETS FILM Forum, promoting Chinese-language book-to-film adaptations. She is also one of the founders and committee members of Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund, Busan International Film Festival. YU wrote and translated many film-related books, including The Cinema Magician - CHEN Po-wen's World of Cinema, and edited Asian Documentary Today and Women and Image: Diverse Views of Women’s Cinema.