Society

Society

Industrialization, urbanization, and capitalism have brought with them not only modern advanced society, but also social problems. Under Japanese rule... (Read more)

Films
The Lady Avenger
The Lady Avenger

A commercial actress is raped by a driver when she tries to hitchhike from a remote shooting location. As she insists on pressing charges, she is met ... (Read more)

Jade Miners
Jade Miners

It is the end of 2012 and the Burmese government is waging war with the Kachin rebels. Jade mining is forced to come to a halt because of the conflict... (Read more)

The Palace on the Sea
The Palace on the Sea

In 1999, a luxurious floating restaurant sailed from Hong Kong to the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan. When the Asian financial crisis forced the restaura... (Read more)

Ice Poison
Ice Poison

With crop prices remaining too weak to make ends meet, a Burmese farmer pawns his cow for an old motorcycle so that his son can take passengers to tow... (Read more)

Poor Folk
Poor Folk

Poverty-stricken A-Hong has no choice but to take his younger sister and illegally cross the Myanmar-Thailand. However, his sister is sold to human tr... (Read more)

Return to Burma
Return to Burma

When Myanmar finally welcomes its first presidential election, Xing-Hong, a Burmese construction worker in Taiwan, returns home with hopes that change... (Read more)

TPE-Tics
TPE-Tics

Taiwanese noise performer, and music aficionado, HUANG Da-Wang is incompatible with society. HUANG suffers from Tourette syndrome, a disorder that cau... (Read more)

Still Life
Still Life

Four years after her sister died, director LEE Pei-Yu began to document her family’s daily life. Year after year, life goes on with lingering gr... (Read more)

The Challenge of the Lady Ninja
The Challenge of the Lady Ninja

During the Japanese occupation of China, Siu-Wai receives training in the martial art of ninjutsu in Japan, and becomes the first Chinese lady ninja. ... (Read more)

The Lost Sea
The Lost Sea

Horseshoe crabs are one of the most ancient creatures on earth, whose life and death are subtly intertwined with Taiwan’s turbulent history. Aft... (Read more)

Hebei Taipei
Hebei Taipei

Born in Hebei but destined to pass away in Taipei, a city far from home, LI originally expected to take good care of his family and be loyal to his co... (Read more)

Woman Revenger
Woman Revenger

Dance teacher Ling-Ling receives a letter from her childhood friend Mei-Hua, who, after being forced into prostitution by local gangsters, was murdere... (Read more)

Never Too Late to Repent
Never Too Late to Repent

Growing up without parents, MA Sha has always worked as a lookout in a red-light district. When he is imprisoned for manslaughter following a customer... (Read more)

On the Society File of Shanghai
On the Society File of Shanghai

In Shanghai, Hai-Nan, son of a Chinese official, is found stabbed on the street. But when the culprit, Li-Fang, is apprehended, she refuses to reveal ... (Read more)

Wang and Liu Tour in Taiwan
Wang and Liu Tour in Taiwan

Fat Wang and skinny Liu are best friends. One day, a fortune teller foresees that Wang will win a fortune in three days, but Liu will die in 44 days. ... (Read more)

Soul of a Demon
Soul of a Demon

Yi-Che, a young man just released from prison, returns to his hometown of Nanfang’ao on the east coast Taiwan, hoping to start a new life with h... (Read more)

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)

Ah Chung
Ah Chung

Ah-Chung is a reckless young man who grew up in a complicated family. His mother separated from his father due to domestic violence, and makes a livin... (Read more)

Face to Face
Face to Face

Face to Face aims to reveal what wrestling really is. First of all, it is a performance. Wrestlers are required to evoke emotions from tens and thousa... (Read more)

Civil Disobedience
Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience documented the clash between the police and the people during the civil unrest that followed the controversial cross-strait negotia... (Read more)

The Young Ones
The Young Ones

MENG Yun-lo, a college student originally from Hong Kong, stays at a family friend’s house and falls in love with their daughter, Hang-ni. Hang-... (Read more)

Four Moods
Four Moods

Four Moods consisted of four costume drama sections on folklore. Joy by PAI Ching-Jui, features a stylized guard of ghosts that keep a watchful eye on... (Read more)

Love and Duty
Love and Duty

Raised in a strict family, YANG falls in love with a college student, LI, but she yields to her parents’ marital arrangement. Several years late... (Read more)

It Takes Two to Tango
It Takes Two to Tango

Chinese Mainlander ZHAO travels from Beijing to Taiwan to pursue Shin-ye, the love of his life. However, due to the historical turmoil between Taiwan ... (Read more)

Connection by Fate
Connection by Fate

A-Te used to be a social movement fanatic. But after suffering the pain of divorce and the death of his child, he changed his profession and became a ... (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)

Soul
Soul

A-Chuan is a quiet thirty-year-old who works as a chef in a Japanese restaurant in Taiwan. One day, without apparent reason, he falls into a coma, and... (Read more)

A Breath from the Bottom
A Breath from the Bottom

The National Land and Water Resource Conference is taking place. The President is on his way. Security guard, A-Ho, in line for promotion, is trying a... (Read more)

The Right Thing
The Right Thing

November 2008 was a critical moment in history. CHEN Yun-Lin visited Taiwan, the first official Chinese envoy to step on Taiwanese soil in 60 years. B... (Read more)

INTOXICANT
INTOXICANT

A hacker with the alias INTOXICANT is threatening to destroy a famous internet forum named BDD. Out of curiosity and panic, netizens flood the system ... (Read more)

Hard Good Life 2
Hard Good Life 2

An elderly man shuffles through a spacious hospital, his left hand holding a drip that disappears into his right arm. Later he lies sleeping, restless... (Read more)

Farewell 1999
Farewell 1999

Farewell 1999 is an intensely personal and poetic study of the director's late mother. In 2003, becoming aware that memories of her mother were fading... (Read more)

Nail
Nail

Amid the neon lights and ethnic food, the prostitutes and their aging female pimps, dwells the Longshan Temple, one of the oldest religious sites in T... (Read more)

Girlfriend Boyfriend
Girlfriend Boyfriend

In the late 1980s, three rebellious high school students, Mabel, Liam, and Aaron see their adolescent antics turn into unrequited love. When they leav... (Read more)

Yellow Box
Yellow Box

Transparent glass-built enclosures decorated with glittering neon lights, in which female vendors sell a spicy, addictive chewing snack called “... (Read more)

A Piece of Cake
A Piece of Cake

This exquisite black-and-white animated short poignantly explores a personal family story in an innovative fashion, and casts a nostalgic gaze at Taiw... (Read more)

Sleeping with Her
Sleeping with Her

Titisi is an Indonesian in-home carer looking after an old Taiwanese lady who is trapped in her illness and painful memories. The pair are close, even... (Read more)

Family Viewing
Family Viewing

During a peaceful weekend in Taipei, a French TV crew unexpectedly visits a Taiwanese family of three, claiming to shoot a reality show that aims to f... (Read more)

Hear Me
Hear Me

Taipei, 2009. Easygoing twenty-something HUANG Tian-Kuo delivers lunch boxes for his restaurateur parents. He gets to know LIN Yang-Yang, a street per... (Read more)

Hopscotch
Hopscotch

Chung is a tow truck driver in Taipei, earning a meager salary to support his family by towing away cars parked in prohibited areas. However, it makes... (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)

Classmates
Classmates

This is a documentary about four classmates from an experimental “inclusive education” program, launched and founded by Wu Shwu-Mey, a pro... (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)

Elephant Boy and Robogirl
Elephant Boy and Robogirl

Siang Siang is an eight-year-old boy with a severe cleft palate and craniofacial deformity, causing problems with both his respiratory tract and his g... (Read more)

The Gangsters' God
The Gangsters' God

In Taitung, eastern Taiwan, a group of gangsters serve as the faces of the god Handan during Lantern Festival. For their evening “god patrols,&r... (Read more)

Let It Be
Let It Be

This documentary focuses on four elderly farmers who have toiled for decades on their rice fields in Tainan, southern Taiwan. All are over sixty, but ... (Read more)

Somewhere Over the Dreamland
Somewhere Over the Dreamland

Watan, a member of the aboriginal Atayal tribe, left his village to find work in the city, and returned as a depressive alcoholic with a broken leg. A... (Read more)

The Sandwich Man
The Sandwich Man

Adapted from novelist Huang Chun-Ming’s three short stories: “The Sandwich Man”, “Vicky's Hat”, and “The Taste of ... (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)

Early Train from Taipei
Early Train from Taipei

Xiulan and Huotu grew up together in the same village in Changhua County, and they love and are committed to each other. To pay off her family’s... (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)

Eighteen
Eighteen

A multi-lingual tour guide who owns multiple passports one day drives his wife and daughter to a desolate seashore town and checks in a secluded, spac... (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)

When Love Comes
When Love Comes

The film is set in an old-style house in Mengjia, an old district of Taipei. Rebellious teenage girl Laichun, now 16, lives with her extended family. ... (Read more)

Fishing Luck
Fishing Luck

On a business trip, a Taipei young girl, Zing, travels to Orchid Island located 90 kilometers off the southeast coast of Taiwan. Her work is to test 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)

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)

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)

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)

The Man Who Plants Trees
The Man Who Plants Trees

Lu Ming-Shih is a man who vows to plant trees along the Tropic of Cancer. Inspired by Jean Giono’s novel L'homme qui plantait des arbres (The Ma... (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)

Parking
Parking

On Mother’s Day, Chen Mo goes to a bakery to buy dessert for his wife, only to find his car blocked in by a double-parked car. As Chen Mo search... (Read more)

The Terrorizers
The Terrorizers

Set in 1980s Taipei, the film shows three groups of complete strangers whose lives intertwine in strange ways, making for an enigmatic thriller. An id... (Read more)

God Man Dog
God Man Dog

Ching, a depressed hand model, tries to release herself from the pain of losing a newborn baby, but neither religious belief nor random affairs can he... (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)

No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti
No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti

Wu-Hsiung lives in a fishing village in Cijin, Kaohsiung, with his 7-year-old daughter, Mei, whose mother left without a word after she was born. Wu-H... (Read more)

Pushing Hands
Pushing Hands

Master Chu, a retired and aging Tai-Chi master, emigrates to New York to live with his son Alex, his American daughter-in-law Martha, and his grandson... (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)

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)

Time for Dancing
Time for Dancing

This film documents three post-Cloud-Gate dancers of different backgrounds, trainings, and aesthetics. Lin Hsiang-Hsiu goes to the US to study dance. ... (Read more)

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