Aspects of Chinese Cinema Today

  • Hai Leong Toh


1. THE TAIWANESE ANTONIONI: TSAI MING-LIANG'S DISPLACEMENT OF LOVE IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT NO, Tsai Ming-liang is not in fact Taiwanese. The bespectacled 40-year-old bachelor was born in Kuching, Sarawak (East Malaysia) and only came to Taiwan for a college education. After graduating with a degree in drama and film in Taiwan's University, he settled there and impressed critics with several experimental plays and television movies such as Give Me A Home (1988), The Happy Weaver(1989), My Name is Mary (1990), Ah Hsiung's First Love(1990). He made a brilliant film debut in 1992 with Rebels Of The Neon God and his film Vive l'amour shared Venice's Golden Lion for Best Film with Milcho Manchevski's Before The Rain (1994). Rebels of the Neon God, a film about aimless and nihilistic Taipei youths, won numerous awards abroad: Among them, the Best Film award at the Festival International Cinema Giovani (1993), Best...