Hou Hsiao-hsien "City of Sadness"

City of Sadness

City of Sadness (悲情城市) Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien Writer(s): Chu Tien-wen, Wu Nien-jen Country: Taiwan Year: 1989 There is one way to learn about the past through history books. Piles of facts and retrospective speculations on the causes of different events cover a … Continue reading

Monga movie poster


Monga (艋舺) Director: Doze Niu Written: Li-ting Tseng, Doze Niu Country: Taiwan Year: 2010 Monga on Amazon. This is a second take on writing a review for the Taiwanese high grossing gangster film “Monga”. After receiving comments from people who … Continue reading

The Wayward Cloud

The Wayward Cloud (天邊一朵雲) Director: Tsai Ming-Liang Witten: Tsai Ming-Liang Country: Taiwan Year: 2005 The Wayward Cloud on Amazon. “The Wayward Cloud” is a very daring movie by Malaysian-born Taiwan-based auteur Ming Liang-Tsai. It is a parody of pornography, an … Continue reading

What Time is it There

What Time is it There (你那邊幾點) Director: Tsai Ming-liang Written: Tsai Ming-liang, Yang Pi-ying Country: Taiwan Year: 2001 What Time Is it There? on Amazon. “Poet of Loneliness” is how Jonathan Rosenbaum introduces Tsai Ming-liang and the director truly lives … Continue reading

Three Times

Three Times (最好的時光) Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien Written: Chu Tien-wen, Hou Hsiao-hsien Country: Taiwan Year: 2005 “Three Times” on Amazon. “A man meets a woman…” – countless stories written in fiction, filmed on celluloid and lived in life can have the … Continue reading

Tsai Ming-liang "The Hole" cover

The Hole

The Hole (洞) Directed by: Tsai Ming-liang Written by: Tsai Ming-liang, Yang Pi-ying Country: Taiwan Year: 1998 The first time I heard about the movie “The Hole” was in my teen years while reading a book about the history of cinema. … Continue reading

King Hu “Dragon Gate Inn” poster

Dragon Gate Inn

Dragon Gate Inn (龍門客棧) Director: King Hu Written: King Hu Country: Taiwan Year: 1967 “Dragon Gate Inn” on Amazon. This is a special movie entrée. First of all, “Dragon Gate Inn” was screened in the theater in the movie from … Continue reading