The second of two portmanteau films produced by the Central Motion Picture Corporation in the early 1980s as part of their newcomer policy, The Sandwich Man consists of three adaptations of stories by the influential Nativist author Huang Chun-ming.
In the first segment, Hou Hsiao-hsien poignantly depicts the challenges faced by an illiterate laborer in a rapidly modernizing world and reflexively uses his job as a walking movie advertisement to comment upon the exigencies of the commercial film industry.
The metaphoric exploration of Taiwan’s historical position is extended in the segments directed by Tseng Chuang-hsiang and Wan Jen, which critically portray the effects of Japanese consumer goods and American military personnel on Taiwanese life. Wan’s Vietnam War-era satire of neocolonialism antagonized conservative critics and provoked the New Cinema’s first public controversy. (Richard I. Suchenski)

The 23 January session will feature a post-screening discussion with Aaron Cutler.

Filmmaker
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wan Jen, Zeng Zhuang Xiang
Country
Taiwan
Year
1983
Medium
35mm
Length
103’
Language
Mandarin, Taiwanese
Producer
Ji Ming
Production Company
Central Motion Picture Corp.
Sales
Center for Moving Image Arts
Writer
Nien-Jen Wu, based on the novel by Chunming Huang
Cinematography
Kun Hao Chen
Editor
Liao Ching-Song
Production Design
Li Fu-Hsiung
Sound Design
Hsin Chiang-Sheng
Cast
Chi Chen