Since martial law was lifted in Taiwan in the late 1980s, social movements have boomed, and feminist and gender movements grew rapidly in the 1990s. T... (Read more)
Since martial law was lifted in Taiwan in the late 1980s, social movements have boomed, and feminist and gender movements grew rapidly in the 1990s. Taiwan has thus become a relatively gender-equal and gay-friendly Asian country.
Lee Yun-Chan's The Shoe Fairy (2005) opens the audience's eyes with its sweet and dreamlike cinematic style. Lee gently appropriates a Western fairy tale and gives it a novel interpretation, casting into doubt the happily-ever-after ending. The fairy story becomes not only a children's tale but a little girl's handbook for enlightenment. When Love Comes (2010) is from Chang Tso-Chi, who has kept alive the realism of Taiwan New Cinema, has become a classic of women's films of Taiwan. With a complicated structure and rich positions, this film focuses on a lower-class unmarried teenage mother and raises many women's issues, including women's growth, mother-daughter relationships, love and sex, female bonding, pregnancy, and gender roles. Cheng Yu-Chieh's Yang Yang (2009) also discusses female awakening and growth. Tailor-made for actress Sandrine Pinna, this film uses the experimental style to portray a female protagonist who changes her life role from that of an athlete to becoming a fashion model. Her bodily transformation creates a psychological transition, as the film addresses shifts in life roles, and the reconciliation, clashes, and resistance of women in a patriarchal society. Zoom Hunting (2010), from female director Cho Li, is a thriller that places voyeurism in the forefront and probes into the convoluted psychology of modern women stuck in a marriage crisis and extramarital affairs and how women struggle between marriage and family.
In addition to addressing “female points of view”, several films also look at the male gaze and the objectification of women; E.Sha Song and Dance Group, also known as the Takarazuka Revue of Taiwan, is a musical troupe consisting almost exclusively of teenage girls. In the documentary E.SHA Age (2008), the baroque style staging and diverse, creative repertoire of this troupe in the 1960s and 1970s is on show, revealing why they swept across Taiwan and Southeast Asia during that time. Following the elements of musical genre, Flower Princess (1959) tells a story of the completion of a musical show and the birth of a star. The female protagonist of the film works as a florist, but after a series of random events and coincidences, she becomes a singer and an object of desire for the male lead.
Juliets (2010), a three-segment anthology film, not only incorporates trauma, enlightenment, and a young girl's revenge, but also looks at female masquerade and performance, and a gay male who goes by the name Juliet and has a girl's soft heart. The homosexual and queer movements are one of the most active social movements in 1990s Taiwan, and the films of Tsai Ming-Liang are particularly representative of Taiwan queer films: Rebels of Neon God (1992) covers vague homosexual affection, Vive L’amour (1994) embraces an embryonic form of queer family in which two men and one woman are included. Wang Shaudi's teen-oriented Fantôme, où es-tu? (2010) deconstructs the fixed gender binary: on the one hand, Candy, a girl born into a patriarchal family in which men are held superior, indentifies herself as a strong boy, going motorcycle racing and rebelling against society; on the other hand, Ku-Ma, though a young boy, possesses a traditionally feminine temperament, being considerate, caring, and good at housework. This film transcends homosexual identity dismantles gender hegemony with a queer spirit.
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)
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)
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, elderly mother, Tsai-feng, seems to be an annoying influence. She is not asked to participate in the New Year cleaning, nor... (Read more)
Tangerine owns a super-large freezer like those in supermarkets. It was fully stocked and well organized. She wrote novels, and a story about a man na... (Read more)
In the hazy years of her youth, 25-year-old Miea used to be surrounded by admirers, but she did not want love that was troublesome. She is dating a ma... (Read more)
MENG Yun-Lao, a college student originally from Hong Kong, stays at a family friend’s house and falls in love with their daughter, Hai-Ni. Hai-Ni is b... (Read more)
Raised in a strict family, YANG falls in love with a college student, LI, but she yields to her parents’ marital arrangement. Several years later, she... (Read more)
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 Terror.’ S... (Read more)
"I'm a cultured woman, travelling about footloose and fancy-free…” So begins a lilting tune from Taiwan's “Dance Age” of the 1920s and 1930s, a parado... (Read more)
In the late 80s, three rebellious high school students, Mabel, Liam, and Aaron see their adolescent antics turn into unrequited love. When they leave ... (Read more)
Transparent glass-built enclosures decorated with glittering neon lights, in which female vendors sell a spicy, addictive chewing snack called “betel ... (Read more)
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)
A gang of malicious bandits raid the home of a former sheriff, murdering him and his wife. The sheriff’s three young daughters were ushered away by th... (Read more)
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)
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)
In 1949, 20-something Kuei-Mei emigrates from mainland China to Taiwan and marries a widower with three children. She soon discovers that he is irresp... (Read more)
Mei is a real estate agent. Hsiao-Kang sells spaces for funerary urns. A-Jung is a street vendor selling women’s clothes. The lives of these thr... (Read more)
Mischievous, yet lovely Yue-Ying works in her parents’ flower shop, known to the locals as the “flower princess.” She has a crush on... (Read more)
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)
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)
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)
“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)
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)
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)
Yang Ruyi, a fashion magazine photographer, lives in a middle-class district in Taipei with her sister Yang Ruxing, a writer of detective stories. One... (Read more)
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)
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)