KINO (Rotterdam, NL) presents: Taiwan New Wave: Lives Less Ordinary

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Program: Züleyha Azman
Trailer: Baris Azman
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Starting April 20th KINO is proud to present Taiwan New Wave: Lives Less Ordinary and (re)introduce you to nine masterpieces. These classics have remained underseen in cinemas, so it’s high time to showcase them on their grandest screen. Featuring films from the first and second wave by Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ang Lee, Tsai Ming-liang and more. The opening film is Yang’s Taipei Story from 1985, with an introduction by programmer Züleyha Azman.

The Taiwan New Wave was a revolutionary movement in cinema history and began amid the nation’s social and economic transformations. These films were artistically innovative, but also in their realistic portrayal of the Taiwanese people, as they illustrated societal and economic shifts, much like Italian Neorealism in the 1940s. The result is that these filmmakers created their own national cinema, but also captured and documented their own cultural identity.
  Taipei_Story  Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang)

Before the 80s, aside from romantic comedies, melodramas, and martial-arts films; Taiwanese cinema didn’t have its own voice.  When the decline in movie visitors set in, the state-sponsored film studio CMPC gave grants to young filmmakers to make new types of films. The movement began amid the nation’s social and economic transformations and was a real collaborative endeavor, with all filmmakers contributing to each other’s projects, be it through writing, acting, or directing. It launched the careers of directors like Yang and Hsiao-hsien and cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing. These films in turn inspired a new generation of filmmakers like Bong Joon-ho, Hirokazu Koreeda and Olivier Assayas amongst others. All films will be presented in their original language with English subtitles.

 F.l.t.r.: Wu Nien-jen, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Chen Kuo-fu en Chan Hung-chih 

Films in this program with links for tickets

Taipei Story (1985 – Edward Yang; 120min)
In Our Time (1982 – Edward Yang, Jim Tao, Chang Yi, Ko I-Chen; 110min)
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994 – Ang Lee; 124min)
Growing Up (1983 – Chen Kun-Hou; 100min)
Rebels of the Neon God (1992 – Tsai Ming-liang; 106min)
Yi Yi (2000 – Edward Yang; 173min) 
Dust in the Wind (1986 – Hou Hsiao-hsien; 109min )
The Time to Live and The Time to Die (1985 – Hou Hsiao-hsien; 138min)
The Boys from Fengkuei (1983 – Hou Hsiao-hsien; 98min)

All films will be presented in their original language with English subtitles.

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