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June 4, 2020

by Matt McCracken Film Retrospective

Rebels of the Neon God | Tsai Ming-liang

June 4, 2020

Typically regarded as a key director of the Taiwanese Second New Wave, Tsai Ming-liang and his debut theatrical feature Rebels of the Neon God exhibit, at this early moment, an observable relationship in content and visual grammar to that of the 80s New Taiwanese Cinema. The film is told through dual, overlapping narratives that explore the difficulties of making and maintaining connections in modern life: one follows a silent young loner, Hsiao Kang (Lee Kang-sheng), the difficulties he has with…

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by Wentao Ma Film Retrospective

Boys | Tsai Ming-liang

It may surprise you that Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-Liang’s first feature-length film, Boys, has a quite significant relationship to British social realism. Made in 1991, the film features an unusual, abusive relationship between a boy (Liu Jixin), born into a bourgeois family, and a…

June 4, 2020
by Daniel Gorman Film Retrospective

Give Me a Home | Tsai Ming-liang

For a world-renowned auteur, it’s surprisingly difficult to find information about Tsai Ming-liang’s early television work. It’s not clear if this is due to general indifference or a lack of availability here in the U.S., but based on the 1991 film Give Me a…

June 4, 2020
by Zachary Goldkind Film Retrospective

Li Hsiang’s Love Line | Tsai Ming-liang

Prior to the solidification of Tsai Ming-liang’s career, which is arguably realized with his first Lee Kang-Sheng collaboration (in the television commissioned project Boys), there was Li Hsiang’s Love Line, a rather frugal yet quietly evocative film which offers an intriguing relationship explicated through…

June 4, 2020
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