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Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and New Taiwanese Cinema

Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and New Taiwanese Cinema

THE TERRORIZERS

Edward Yang Taiwan, 1986

Renowned director Edward Yang (Yi Yi) refracts the changing society and culture of Taipei in this classic of New Taiwanese Cinema, which revitalized the nation’s cinematic landscape in the 1980s. An enigmatic puzzle full of Yang’s prescient vision, this is a film to watch again and again.

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DUST IN THE WIND

Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan, 1986

At the end of the 1960s, high-school sweethearts Wan and Huen leave their little mining town in search of greater opportunities in Taipei, where the vicissitudes of life take their toll on the relationship.

A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE

Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan, 1985

Semi-autobiographical and spanning two decades, this early masterpiece from Hou Hsiao-hsien perfectly combines the historical drama and the coming-of-age story. A superb family saga, the film was an early international success for the filmmaker, winning the FIPRESCI prize at the 1986 Berlinale.

GROWING UP

Kun-ho Chen Taiwan, 1983

Set in the northern coastal town of Tamsui and narrated by the girl next door, Xiaobi shows off his remarkable penchant for getting into trouble, whether it be at school, while playing, or at home. Not until tragedy strikes is Xiaobi strayed from his mischievous behavior.

IN OUR TIME

Edward Yang, Chang Yi, Ko I-Chen, Tao Te-chen Taiwan, 1982

Four vignettes, each set in different decades from the 1950s through the 1980s, deal with protagonists at different stages of life between childhood and young adulthood.

THE SANDWICH MAN

Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tseng Chuang-hsiang, Wan Jen Taiwan, 1983

Three separate stories tell of working-class life in Taiwan during the Cold War: A man makes his living carrying advertisement sandwich boards, two ambitious salesman discover too late that their product is defective, and a laborer is run down by a car while his family discovers a silver lining.

FLOWERS OF TAIPEI: TAIWAN NEW CINEMA

Chinlin Hsieh Taiwan, 2014

With Taiwan remaining in the grip of martial law in 1982, a group of filmmakers from that country set out to establish a cultural identity through cinema and to share it with the world. This engaging documentary looks at the movement’s legacy.