History

History

A maritime island, Taiwan is home to a variety of climates, geographies, and creatures. Its history is similarly diverse. From the aboriginal peoples ... (Read more)

Films
The Grand Passion
The Grand Passion

During the Southern Song Dynasty, rebel soldier ZHENG Yun is sent by Han general YUE Fei to infiltrate the enemy base of Damingfu. His mission: to del... (Read more)

The Fly Dragon Mountain
The Fly Dragon Mountain

As young Er-Hu begs outside a run-down temple, Miss YUN of the Zhang’s Village gives him a white jade pendant. That night, the jade pendant is s... (Read more)

Iron Mistress
Iron Mistress

Set during the Jin invasion of China in the Southern Song Dynasty, Iron Mistress tell the story of the eponymous heroine who rises up in this turbulen... (Read more)

A City Called Dragon
A City Called Dragon

In the Southern Song Dynasty, heroine SHANG Yen-Chih ventures to the important Jin-controlled military base Dragon City to meet up with revolutionary ... (Read more)

The Swordsman of all Swordsmen
The Swordsman of all Swordsmen

In order to obtain a legendary sword, YUN Chung-Chun leads a gang into the home of elderly master swordsman CHANG Shan-Gong, killing all but CHANG Sha... (Read more)

The Best Sectet Agent (aka Secret Agent Heaven No. 1)
The Best Sectet Agent (aka Secret Agent Heaven No. 1)

During the Sino-Japanese War, Tsui-Ying flees with her father from the Japanese occupation. She meets a young man, Ling-Yun, and falls in love. Yet Ts... (Read more)

Old Seafarer
Old Seafarer

Luomabike is a young fisherman from Orchid Island. His lover Lofat tells him that a priest is taking her to Taiwan to learn tailoring. They bid farewe... (Read more)

Those Days When We Were Young
Those Days When We Were Young

Amidst spectacular scenery of serene lakes and majestic mountains, Old WEI, a tough guy from Shandong, marries A-yue, a young girl from Taiwan. Howeve... (Read more)

Twa-Tiu-Tiann
Twa-Tiu-Tiann

College student Yo-si unexpectedly travels 100 years back in time with an eccentric history professor. Not only does Yo-si get to experience firsthand... (Read more)

Attabu
Attabu

"Attabu” comes from the language of the Pingpu aboriginals. The seemingly unfamiliar term of the “Attabu LIN Family” in fact refers ... (Read more)

Deng Nan-guang’s 8mm Movies
Deng Nan-guang’s 8mm Movies

Shot with an 8mm film camera between 1935 and 1941, these short films include: The Fishing Trip, which the shows DENG's family outing in a boat, Taiwa... (Read more)

Love in Chilly Spring
Love in Chilly Spring

One of Taiwan’s legendary singers, the late FENG Fei-fei, made her silver-screen debut in 1979 in this wartime romantic melodrama set in the mou... (Read more)

Storm over the Yangtze River
Storm over the Yangtze River

Based on ZOU Lang’s novel of the same name, Storm Over the Yangtze River is a historical film about the “Yangtze River 180 Blockade.&rdquo... (Read more)

Super Citizen Ko
Super Citizen Ko

The film narrates the political history of Taiwan over a period of 50 years, following the imposition of martial law in 1947 and ‘The White Terr... (Read more)

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Part II: The Rainbow Bridge)
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Part II: The Rainbow Bridge)

The colonial government view the uprising of the Seediq tribe as a major crisis andsend Major General Yahiko KAMADA, with 3,000 police and soldiers, t... (Read more)

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Part I: The Sun Flag)
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Part I: The Sun Flag)

WEI Te-sheng's epic film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale reclaims an extraordinary but little known episode from 20th century history. Between 18... (Read more)

The Men Behind the Movie Billboards
The Men Behind the Movie Billboards

Before the advent of digital image making and mass-produced printing, the advertisements for films at local cinemas in Taiwan were hand-painted billbo... (Read more)

Forever Love
Forever Love

Forever Love pays tribute to Taiwan's local film industry in the 1960s when Taiwanese dialect films were cheap, stars were gods, and spies, giant mons... (Read more)

Quicksand: the Life of Hsu Pu-Liao as an Actor
Quicksand: the Life of Hsu Pu-Liao as an Actor

HSU Pu-Liao was born in 1951 into a family of magicians and vaudeville performers. His screen image and performance echoed that of British-born comedi... (Read more)

Golden Rose: the Stardom of Chin Mei
Golden Rose: the Stardom of Chin Mei

Born in Hsinchu in 1940, CHIN Mei was the most popular leading lady during the heyday of Taiwanese-language cinema in the 1960s. She started as a sing... (Read more)

Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand

The film begins in 1950s Tainan. A 17-year-old high school girl, TIAN Meng-Shu, falls in love with a Japanese-educated physician, TIAN Chao-Ming, who ... (Read more)

Heat Sun
Heat Sun

In December 1941, the Pacific War broke out. Back then Taiwan was still under Japanese Rule. Hundreds of Taiwanese were drafted into the war. When the... (Read more)

Taiwan Black Movies
Taiwan Black Movies

This incisive documentary brings back to life a Taiwanese film genre that was given up for dead. In the early 1980s, a time of strict censorship and p... (Read more)

Stone Dream
Stone Dream

In 1965, director CHEN Yao-Chi made Liu Pi-Chia, Taiwan's first observational documentary. Its eponymous character was a farmer press-ganged into the ... (Read more)

Viva Tonal: The Dance Age
Viva Tonal: The Dance Age

"I'm a cultured woman, travelling about footloose and fancy-free…”So begins a lilting tune from Taiwan's“Dance Age”of the 192... (Read more)

The Lost Kingdom
The Lost Kingdom

The Lost Kingdom traces the rise and fall of the Kung Le Society, one of the most prominent Taiwanese opera troupes to emerge after Japanese Rule. The... (Read more)

E.SHA Age
E.SHA Age

E.Sha Song and Dance Group, also known as E.Sha Musical Troupe, was a Taiwanese version of the Takarazuka Revue. It began in 1959 and ended in 1985, r... (Read more)

Grandma’s Hairpin
Grandma’s Hairpin

In 1949, at the end of the Chinese Civil War, the Nationalist forces of the Kuomintang were forced to retreat to Taiwan, taking with them some 600,000... (Read more)

The Dream Architect: Dr. Sun Yat-sen
The Dream Architect: Dr. Sun Yat-sen

Sun Yat-sen was an intellectual and activist who founded Asia’s first democratic republic. He was born in the late 19th century, during the Qing... (Read more)

Three Times
Three Times

The film comprises three love stories set in three historical periods and Taiwan’s two main cities. In “A Time for Love,” Chen meets... (Read more)

Blue Brave: The Legend of Formosa in 1895
Blue Brave: The Legend of Formosa in 1895

After the 1894 Sino-Japanese War, the Qing government ceded Taiwan to Japan. Japanese colonial troops landed on the north coast and swept southward, m... (Read more)

Our Island, Our Dreams
Our Island, Our Dreams

Xing-Jun, A-Jin and A-Wu were born and raised in Kinmen, spending their days hanging around on the island. They find themselves in a love triangle jus... (Read more)

The Peach Blossom Land
The Peach Blossom Land

Two drama troupes happen to have to share the same auditorium for their rehearsals, and thus three stories intertwine on stage and screen. One is the ... (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)

Hsi Shih: Beauty of Beauties
Hsi Shih: Beauty of Beauties

Through the story of Xishi (Hsi Shih), one of Chinese history’s greatest beauties, this costume drama tells the fights between two Chinese kingd... (Read more)

Back to Anping Harbor
Back to Anping Harbor

Hsiu-Chin, a young girl growing up at Anping Port, Tainan, falls in love with a Dutch ship’s doctor, Daley, and gets pregnant. Later, Daley is t... (Read more)

Tears
Tears

Guo is a middle-aged police detective nearing retirement. He is stern, stubborn, and solitary, and lives alone in a boarding room after divorce. The b... (Read more)

The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye

This is a portrait of patients of Alzheimer disease: Hsu Ching-Chen tends to be forgetful about the fact that her husband is long gone, except when sh... (Read more)

Juliets
Juliets

“Juliet's Choice” It is the 1970s and Taiwan is under Martial Law. Hsiu-Chu, a lame young woman, labors in a printing shop. One day a youn... (Read more)

Autumn Execution
Autumn Execution

Pei Gang, the only heir for three generations, spoiled by his grandmother since birth, grows into a brute and bully. One day, in a fit of impulse he c... (Read more)

Spring: The Story of Hsu Chin-Yu
Spring: The Story of Hsu Chin-Yu

Hsu Chin-Yu is a female political prisoner of the White Terror in the 1950s. Hsu was born during the period of Japanese colonial rule, received a Japa... (Read more)

Cape No. 7
Cape No. 7

Aga is a young man from Hengchun, Pingtung, the southernmost town on the island of Taiwan. After ten years of a lackluster rock-music career in Taipei... (Read more)

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