Tag: Taiwan

REVIEW: Dad’s Suit (2018)

Elderly widower Chin-mao (Hsiao Hou-tao) lives alone in his family house in Pingxi. When a painful accident sees him admitted into hospital, his middle-aged children begin argue over whether or not to send him to a nursing home in Taipei. Chin-mao, however, stubbornly wants to spend his final days alone in Pingxi. Dad's Suit is the ...

REVIEW: Long Time No Sea (2018)

Manawei (Golden Horse winner Si Pangoyod) is a young boy living with his grandmother (Feng Ying-li) on Orchid Island, south of Taiwan. His father (Ou Lu) is largely absent, having left the island to work in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. Whatever money his father is earning is not coming home in sufficient quantities; ...

REVIEW: Gatao 2: Rise of the King (2018)

Ren (Wang Shih-hsien) is a mid-level gang leader in Taipei's criminal underworld. One night a former friend named Jian (Collin Chou) returns home to cause trouble and gets arrested. As the police take him away, Jian warns Ren that he has a special plan to take over the city. A few years later, Jian returns ...

REVIEW: The Deserted (2017)

A disabled man lives in a decrepit house up on a hill, with only two ghosts and a shape-shifting fish for company. The Deserted is a 55-minute short feature written and directed by Taiwanese arthouse master Tsai Ming-liang, and shot by him for the first time in virtual reality. VR strikes me as a difficult medium; not ...

REVIEW: The Last Painting (2017)

On the day of the 2016 Taiwan election, police find a mutilated body of a young woman in an apartment. Her naked body has been painted white, and her eyes have been cut out and removed from the scene. Four months earlier, the victim Yang Chieh (Chang Ning) moves into the same apartment - sharing ...

REVIEW: Black Bear Forest (2016)

In a difficult-to-access region of Taiwan's Yushan National Park, Professor Hwang Mei-hsiu undertakes research into the obscure and endangered Formosan Black Bear. Accompanied by indigenous ranger Lin Yuan-yuan, Professor Hwang tracks, tags and studies this remarkable animal that is under pressure from encroaching civilization and poaching. Six years in the making, Lee Hsiang-hsiu's documentary Black Bear ...

REVIEW: The Boar King (2014)

A typhoon sweeps across southern Taiwan, causing landslides that devastate a mountain community. A-Ying (Wu Yi-Ting), the owner of a local hot spring, steps out into the storm and is never seen again. His widow Mei-Cho (Lu Yi-Ching) is left to pick up the pieces, while a property developer starts pressuring the surviving residents to ...