FLOWERS OF TAIPEI - TAIWAN NEW CINEMA

光陰的故事-台灣新電影

By Chinlin HSIEH

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Documentary - Completed 2014

In 1982 a small group of Taiwanese filmmakers reinvented Asian cinema, among them, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Edward Yang. Travelling from Europe to Latin America to Asia, the film sets out to assess the global influence of Taiwan New cinema.

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Busan - BIFF/APM 2014
Wide Angle
Venice International Film Festival 2014
Venice Classics
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • TAIWAN
    • Languages
    • MANDARIN, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 109 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Chinlin HSIEH
    • Producer(s)
    • Angelika WANG KEN-YU
    • Synopsis
    • Taiwan - tropical Pacific island devoid of tourists; former plastic manufacturing powerhouse turned technology hub in just 20 years; not a fully-fledged country for the United Nations, yet the sole Chinese territory with a vibrant democracy.
      In 1982, under severe martial law, amid the stormy climate of pre-democratization, a small group of Taiwanese filmmakers set out on a daring journey to discover their own identity, and in the process to reinvent Asian cinema. Unintentionally, these gutsy youngsters managed to offset the cheap-labor image of ‘Made in Taiwan’ by bestowing a cultural identity on their beloved homeland. Taiwan New Cinema not only inaugurated modern cinema in the Chinese world, it also secured itself a firm place on the world map of contemporary filmmaking.
      Flowers of Taipei is about the harbingers of this miracle: Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao Hsien and their peers; it’s about their vision, talent and the impact they made on contemporary cinema.
      On a journey from Taipei to Chiang Mai, Paris, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing, a remarkable list of filmmakers, critics and artists, including Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Olivier Assayas, Marco Müller, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Jia Zhangke, Tian Zhuangzhaung, Wang Bing and Ai Weiwei, tell us what this cinema means to them, how it influenced their work, and what is left of that legacy today.
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