Youth

Youth

Taiwan is a young country, and the main audience of its cinema is similarly young. Taiwanese cinema is constantly refreshed by this youthful energy, a... (Read more)

Films
The Best of Times
The Best of Times

Hsiao-Wei and A-Chieh are cousins who stick together through thick and thin, having grown up together in a multilingual Hakka military dependents&rsqu... (Read more)

Darkness and Light
Darkness and Light

With the arrival of summer, 17-year-old Kang-Yi returns to a shady neighborhood by Keelung Harbor to spend her summer vacation at the blind massage pa... (Read more)

Blue Gate Crossing
Blue Gate Crossing

“Should you give your first kiss to the boy who likes you or the girl you like?” MENG Ker-Rou and LIN Yue-Zhen are high school friends who... (Read more)

Spring Beauty
Spring Beauty

As always, A-hui came to Man-mei's pub to play the Street Fighter video game choosing to play his regular Scorpio character Chun-li, who is burdened w... (Read more)

Partners in Crime
Partners in Crime

An ordinary day in an ordinary campus, until a girl who was loved by everyone kills herself. Everyone is asking why, but no one knows the truth, excep... (Read more)

A Time in Quchi
A Time in Quchi

10-year-old city boy Bao has been sent to Quchi, a riverside town outside of Taipei, for the length of the summer, allowing his parents time to work o... (Read more)

Together
Together

Seventeen should be a carefree age, but Yang gets to see the complexities of love in the world. His best friend Ma is mad at his girlfriend. His fathe... (Read more)

Badu's Homework
Badu's Homework

The teacher at an aboriginal primary school nestled in the mountains gives the students a weekend assignment for which the students must try and find ... (Read more)

Boys for Beauty
Boys for Beauty

A frank and entertaining portrait of the lives and family relations of three gay teenagers in Taipei. This documentary candidly captures the day-to-da... (Read more)

When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep

Tung wakes one morning to find his girlfriend has abandoned him, leaving only a break-up note stuck to his forehead. While reeling from this turn of e... (Read more)

Jump Ashin!
Jump Ashin!

Director of the documentary Jump! Boys, LIN Yu-Hsien, makes a handsome follow-up with this motivational sports movie inspired by the life story of his... (Read more)

The Fourth Portrait
The Fourth Portrait

After his father's death, 10-year-old Xiang is sent to live with his mother and a stepfather he barely knows. However, a lurking threat of unspoken vi... (Read more)

They Are Flying
They Are Flying

A group of socially deviant teenagers live at the Faith Hope Love Academy, a foster-care facility in Hualien, eastern Taiwan. Many of these “now... (Read more)

The Spirit of 8
The Spirit of 8

When he was 8 years old, the film’s director caused a terrible incident at his school. The guilt he continued to carry cost him the love and tru... (Read more)

Doctor
Doctor

On the afternoon of the 4th of July, 1996, Felix, a Taiwanese-American boy in Iowa, posted a puzzling notice on the door of his bedroom. Three hours l... (Read more)

Jump! Boys
Jump! Boys

Seven little boys, aged 6-8, from different families and with unique temperaments, rock and roll on the same ground in a gymnasium after school. The d... (Read more)

The Rhythm in Wulu Village
The Rhythm in Wulu Village

Wulu is a Bunun indigenous village in a mountainous part of Taitung. Traditional Bunun songs are all uniquely polyphonic, and “Pasibutbut (aka T... (Read more)

Kung Fu Dunk
Kung Fu Dunk

Shi-Jie (played by Jay Chou) is an orphan growing up in a kung fu school, an apprentice martial artist who shows a unique aptitude for sports. One day... (Read more)

The Time to Live and the Time to Die
The Time to Live and the Time to Die

This is a semi-autobiographical film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In the film, a Hakka family left China and settled temporarily in a small town Fengs... (Read more)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars
Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars

Three mothers become close friends because they each have an autistic child. They learn, encourage, and support one another, and although they live in... (Read more)

Monga
Monga

Monga is named for Mengjia, an old district of Taipei which has long been the domain of the local gangsters. Mosquito, the teenage son of a single mot... (Read more)

Fantôme, où es-tu?
Fantôme, où es-tu?

Cool-Ma, a bright teenager, is accidently killed by Yu-Tung while he’s practicing for a marathon at night. Yu-Tung is a teenage girl who dresses... (Read more)

Tropical Fish
Tropical Fish

Taipei teenager Chih-chiang does not do well in school, and is a day dreamer. He witnesses the kidnapping of a little boy by accident. After being dis... (Read more)

Yang Yang
Yang Yang

Yang-Yang is half French and half Chinese. She has never met her French birthfather, and doesn’t speak French. She is also a gifted runner. Her ... (Read more)

Sing It!
Sing It!

Tong-Pu primary school is located in a Bunun aboriginal village in central Taiwan. The Principal Bukut, who majors in P.E. rather than Music and under... (Read more)

A Place of One’s Own
A Place of One’s Own

Master Lin makes paper houses—or paper “origami villas”—for the dead. His son Gang has just started working at a real estate a... (Read more)

Stars
Stars

The TV program Million Stars was launched in 2007. It immediately caught the attention of audiences in Taiwan, and stirred up “star fever”... (Read more)

Orz Boyz
Orz Boyz

Two naughty little boys always play tricks on classmates, tease girls at school, fight with other boys, and lie to everyone until their teacher breaks... (Read more)

Chocolate Rap
Chocolate Rap

Chocolate is a working-class youth and a hot-shot street dancer. After beating a group of six dancers, Choco wins their leader Pachinko’s friend... (Read more)

Rebels of the Neon Gods
Rebels of the Neon Gods

Refusing to take the College Entrance Exam, Xiao-Kang drops out of cram school and hangs around Ximending, spending all his time in a video arcade. On... (Read more)

Gangster Rock
Gangster Rock

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... (Read more)

Baseball Boys
Baseball Boys

A group of Taiwanese aboriginal boys from the countryside of Hualien, the island’s East Coast, are now in the fifth and sixth grades in Fu-Yuang... (Read more)

Dust in the Wind
Dust in the Wind

Ah-yuan and Ah-yun grow up together in a small mining town of Jiufen. The mining industry is in decline, and there’s no hope for the new generat... (Read more)

Winds of September
Winds of September

A youth story follows Yen, Tang, and their group of friends, united by loyalty for each other and passion for the same baseball team, through their la... (Read more)

Grandma and Her Ghosts
Grandma and Her Ghosts

Because his mother has to leave the country to attend to his father who got injured while working overseas, Dou Dou, a five-year-old boy, must go to a... (Read more)

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