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2015

Taiwan

Film

Festival

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Hockessin Public Library

1023 Valley Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707

Saturday  Sep 26, Oct 3

12:30 pm - 4:30pm

 

Film Schedules

 

Saturday, Sep 26

12:30pm  The Sandwich Man

2:20 pm  Dust in the Wind

4:00 pm  Discussion with Refreshment

 

Saturday, Oct 3

12:30 pm: The Terrorizers

2:20 pm: Kuei-Mei, a Woman

4:15 pm: Discussion with Refreshment     

Presented by  Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, Hockessin Public Library

Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, R.O.C.(Taiwan), Taiwan Film Institute, Culture Center of TECRO

 

Film Introduction

The Sandwich man ( 兒子的大玩偶, 1983), directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Tseng Chuang-Hsiang, Wan Jen

Adapted from Huang Chun-Ming’s three short stories: “The Sandwich Man”, “Vicky’s hat”, and “The Taste of Apples”. Huang Chun-Ming is an important writer of Taiwan nativist literature, his works are rich in humanistic concern and realistic depictions of the land. The film showcases several downbeat characters who struggle to survive in the developing country of Taiwan, depicting their self-depreciation and self-respect, laughs and tears, and hope and despair. All three segments of this omnibus film reflect and examine Taiwan’s progress and the aftermath of modernization, industrialization, and urbanization in the early 1980s. (108 min)

Dust in the Wind (戀戀風塵,1986), directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien

 

The film is adopted from the real love story of Nien-Jen Wu, an important  screenwriter of Taiwan New Cinema. The film depicted a story of Ah-yuan and Ah-yun grow up together in a small mining town of Jiufen where the mining industry was in decline, and there’s no hope for the new generation. After graduating from junior high school, both of them left for Taipei, however, living in a big city was difficult for both of them and their separation as a result are both caused by the social and economic divide between the country and the city. Since this film’s release, the opening and concluding scenes of this film have become classic in Taiwan film history.  (109 min)

The Terrorizers (恐怖份子, 1986), directed by Edward Yang

 

Set in 1980s Taipei, the film shows three groups of complete strangers, an idling teenager, a doctor and his wife and a escaped girl whose lives intertwine in strange ways, making for an enigmatic thriller. The Terroizers presents Edward Yang’s thorough analysis of urban structure and acute dissection of urban humanity. The anonymity and contingency of modern cities give strangers the chance to bump into one another, potentially igniting explosive tragedies. Everyone is a terrorist in the alienated modern city.  (109 min)

 

Kuei-Mei, a Woman (我這樣過了一生, 1985), directed by Chang Yi

 

This film is adapted from a novel by Hsiao Sa, describing a woman’s life through Taiwan’s social and political progress between the 1960s and 1980s. Kuai-Mei’s femininity serves as an allegory for nation, transforming from a girl to mother when she leaves mainland China for Taiwan, where she raises her children without the help of her irresponsible husband.  (120 min)