First Online Film Festival By TaiwanPlus To Stream 10 Classic Taiwanese Films
TaiwanPlus, a new global English-language video streaming service, has launched its Taiwan Cinema program with a retrospective collection of ten films that exemplify the diversity of Taiwan’s culture, peoples, and history.
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The online collection, as per a Business Wire report, also includes films directed by this year’s Golden Horse winners. The films are available until December 31 for free. Online streaming dates are based on Taiwan standard time (GMT+8) with films accessible at TaiwanPlus.com via the website’s new Cinema section and downloadable TaiwanPlus mobile app.
The films will be presented in collections that will take viewers back to some of Taiwan’s greatest films outside of the Taiwan New Cinema Wave. “Movies are the best way to convey culture and emotions. Through these ten films of different eras and themes, we provide the audience a window into Taiwan’s culture and diversity,” says Joanne Tsai, TaiwanPlus CEO.
The program is showcasing films directed by Chung Mong-hong, who recently won Best Narrative Feature and Best Original Screenplay for THE FALLS (2021) at this year's Golden Horse Awards. The After Death duo that brings us to edgier contemporary Taiwanese films that dare to dive into darker narratives.
THE FOURTH PORTRAIT (2010) follows the story of a son left behind after the death of his father while in SOUL (2013), the mysterious collapse of a young chef leads to a terrifying spiritual possession in the mountains.
A trio of restored films includes two cult favorite black and white films from the Taiwan Hollywood era of the 1960s-- THE FANTASY OF DEER WARRIOR (1961) and VENGEANCE OF THE PHOENIX SISTERS (1968) along with WHEEL OF LIFE (1983), an anthology helmed by King Hu that features three main characters reincarnating into the same twisted love triangle in each segment.
Rounding out the series are two documentaries. In SMALL TALK (2016) by Huang Hui-chen, a 20-year film in the making where the filmmaker attempts to confront and reconcile painful past memories with her mother, a lesbian Taoist priestess.
Meanwhile, in ARCHIVING TIME (2019), viewers follow a group of film preservation staff from the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute as they work to preserve crumbling reels of film the world has yet to see.
In addition, Ang Lee’s 'Father Knows Best' trilogy is available as well to global viewers outside of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and France. The films PUSHING HANDS (1991), EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN (1994), and THE WEDDING BANQUET (1993) where renowned actor Sihung Lung plays the father. This is also notably the first time all three films are available for streaming online together in one single location.