Films in ‘Films from China/Hong Kong/Taiwan’
BoysTsai Ming-liang IFFR 1994
Li Kansheng, the protagonist in Tsai's Rebels, plays a young delinquent in Boys. He blackmails a little boy from a wealthy middle-class family and forces him to pay increasing sums as 'protection money'. He is the prototype of a child neglected by his parents and has learnt to hold his own on the wrong side of the tracks. His victim's parents are too busy listening to Lieder even to notice their child's problems.Tsai portrayed the two dissimilar families, but his heart is obviously with the children: he portrays their life at school, in the amusement arcades, the snackbars and the lonely bedrooms, and does so without a whisper of falsity or special pleading. The performances Tsai gets out of his actors, most of the amateurs, are another striking feature of Boys.
BodoHuang Min-chuan IFFR 1994
Charming film about deserter on an island as a microcosm of (feverish) Taiwan. By the maker of THE MAN FROM ISLAND WEST.
King Chau and Lady YuAlex Law IFFR 1994
1981 TV version of story on which Chen Kaige based his FAREWELL TO MY CONCUBINE.
After separationHu Guan IFFR 1994
Chinese hit. In a romantic comedy, a woman has to choose between love and study abroad.