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Cinema of Taiwan

Taiwan calls for film awards to be scrapped after poor haul

Taiwan's failure to win more awards at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival has triggered debate on the island, including among lawmakers, about whether the half-century-old regional gala should be stopped.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 3:46am 4 comments

Taiwanese cinema revisits serious issues in GF*BF

The Taiwanese film GF*BF at first glance looks nothing more than a drama, but at its heart is a story with a revolutionary message.

The title stands for "girlfriend, boyfriend", which is what the film is known as in Chinese.

The plot centres on three friends entwined in a bizarre love triangle.

29 Aug 2012 - 9:26am


Two lottery winners express their gratitude towards God with an Avatar DVD; an old woman doggedly runs her little grocery despite the proliferation of convenience stores; a new singer makes her debut on television in 1968. These are just some of the threads in the Taiwanese omnibus movie, 10+10.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


New Jersey

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti

Starring: Chen Wen-pin, Chao Yu-hsuan, Lin Chih-ju Director: Leon Dai Li-jen Category: IIA (Taiwanese, Hakka and Mandarin)

4 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Care tactics

Leon Dai Li-ren recalls the endless rejections he faced when he first visited film company executives in 2005 to ask for financial backing for what would eventually become his second directorial effort.

31 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Film company will go to court over row with Taiwanese government

A film company founded by renowned Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai says it will defend itself in court after Taiwan's Government Information Office (GIO) demanded it return a subsidy for its production Miao Miao, which was withdrawn from the Melbourne International Film Festival.

20 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Also showing: Tu Duu-chih

Tu Duu-chih estimates he has done the sound for about 70 per cent of all Taiwanese films made in the past 20 years. This includes virtually every film by auteurs Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao-hsien, several by Tsai Ming-liang, last year's box office record breaker Cape No7, and even the occasional student short.

14 May 2009 - 12:00am

Trouble shooters

For an independent, low-budget film festival conceived and organised out of a small office in a Wan Chai tenement block, the Chinese Documentary Festival boasts an impressively varied programme.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Narrow focus

Despite its popularity among viewers around the world and its success at the Venice Film Festival, Ang Lee's spy thriller Lust, Caution has suffered two setbacks. First, it was rejected by organisers of the Oscars as Taiwan's entry for best foreign film because it did not have enough Taiwanese working on the movie.

5 Nov 2007 - 12:00am