A bad-tempered gangster, Hao, gets out of prison and returns to his former gang. The leader of the gang, Jay, has a secret identity: he plays the lead singer in a Heavy Metal band called “Fatty Boys.” One day, Hao goes to collect money from a record company, only to find the owner has vanished, leav...(Read more)
A bad-tempered gangster, Hao, gets out of prison and returns to his former gang. The leader of the gang, Jay, has a secret identity: he plays the lead singer in a Heavy Metal band called “Fatty Boys.” One day, Hao goes to collect money from a record company, only to find the owner has vanished, leaving behind a band on its contract as a scapegoat. The lead vocal of the band, A-Hai, a diehard idealistic rocker, refuses to go commercial. Moved by his spirit, Hao helps the band release their album and book a series of concerts. Two frustrated yet tough guys meet and make friends. However, there are threats from the greedy show-biz establishment and other gangsters.
Joe Chien identifies himself as a director of B-movies and cult films, as witnessed by Gangster Rock and Zombie 108 (2012). Both are full of such cult elements as “sexploitation,” macho violence, black comedy and farce. Head-turning and controversial, neither film delivered satisfactory performance at the box office. The story involves two bands, one sponsored by gangsters, the other consisting of gangsters themselves. Underneath this humorous premise lies a reference to Taiwan’s entertainment industry of the 1980s when gangsters controlled show business. The film also depicts the teenage subculture in contemporary Taipei, a hodgepodge of American and Japanese pop culture, featuring live-house scenes, fervent groupies, tattoo artistry, and the “maid cafés” of Ximending. It also contains some realist elements of Taiwan cinema and deals with the generational tension represented by western rock music and traditional Taiwanese opera.
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Theme：||Cultural Conflict、Youth、The City|
|Subtitle：||English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese|
|Producer：||Joe CHIEN, SUN Fu-Tang|
|Actors：||Leon Jay WILLIAMS, Van FAN Yi-Chen, JUNG Hsiang, HSIU Chieh-Kai, ZHOU Chu-Chu, Ivy HSU, Janna WANG|
|Music：||Van FAN Yi-Chen, Alex HUANG|
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