Pages in category "Taiwanese-language films"
The following 35 pages are in this category, out of 35 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 35 pages are in this category, out of 35 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Monga (film) – Monga is a 2010 Taiwanese gangster film set in 1980s Taipei. The film features Ethan Juan, Mark Chao, Ma Ju-lung, Rhydian Vaughan, the film was directed and co-written by Doze Niu, who also appears in the film. Monga is one of Taipeis districts, mosquito and his friends have no illusions about the unwritten laws that prevail in this part of town, if you want to survive here, you’ve got to be stronger than your enemies. Mosquito, Monk, Dragon, Monkey and A-po are all members of the Gang of Princes, mosquito is invited to join the gang after his chicken drumstick was stolen by a rival gang member on his first day at school in Monga. Mosquito and his friends begin to enjoy their gangster lifestyle and are planning to take over as top gangsters on the streets of Monga. But little do they know there are others who are deeply jealous of their success. Geta, one of Monga’s old triad leaders, sees it as his duty to teach these cheeky young upstarts the true laws of gangsterdom. But even Geta has no inkling of the storm that is about to hit Monga – a storm that will destroy the traditional values. A new gang, bristling with an arsenal of handguns, is about to change forever the little world in which Geta, the movie was filmed on location and landmarks such as Bangkas Qingshui Temple, Bangkas Longshan Temple, Snake Alley, Bopiliao and Ximending appear in the film. The majority of the original score was composed by Sandee Chan. The theme song of the film is Making Love Out of Nothing at All by Nicky Lee and it was originally performed by Air Supply. Monga premiered at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival on January 29,2010, in the Panorama section. The film opened in Taiwan on February 5,2010 and grossed NT$8.31 million on its day and NT$59.32 million on its opening week. China Daily placed the film on their list of the best ten Chinese films of 2010
2. Ploning – Ploning is a 2008 Philippine romantic family drama film based on a popular Cuyonon song of the same title about a girls hidden feelings. It starred actress Judy Ann Santos and was directed by Dante Nico Garcia, filming was done in the municipality of Cuyo in Palawan, Garcias hometown. The film was the entry of the Philippines for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards. In the present, a mysterious Taiwanese fisherman, Muo Sei, lands in the town of Cuyo, in a flashback to some years ago, Ploning is known as a hardworking and thoughtful woman who, despite her age and beauty, decided not to marry. She had loved a man named Tomas fourteen years ago who left for a life in Manila leaving her heartbroken. Ploning however, decides to leave their life to look for Tomas in Manila. Digo, overcome by grief, seeks help in the town guest, the nurse Celeste, due to her deep devotion, Ploning rejects the notion that this Tomas and her Tomas are the same person. On the day Ploning disappears, rain falls on Cuyo who has been suffering a dry season, Muo Sei is later revealed to be Digo, and the townspeople who are leading the town are the people Ploning helped back then. The filming of Ploning was entirely done on the municipality of Cuyo in Palawan and it was directed by Dante Nico Garcia, who incidentally, is a native of the town. According to him, the film is based on his memories of the town. When he wrote the screenplay for the film with Benjamin Lingan, he decided to use his native tongue and this led him to think of a story of a woman singing the song while remembering her lover. Shooting of the film was done in various locales of the town and this includes the pier, the waiting place of Ploning, and Intigan beach. The basketball court, meanwhile, provided for a setting for the first meeting between Digo and Celeste, while Emilod was the location for the esposada, which took three nights to shoot. A cemetery was built for the film and the locals decided to preserve it as a tourist attraction. The film was produced by Panoramamanila Pictures Co. which, despite its fledgeling status, cashew nut brittle, the towns delicacy, as well as the harvesting of salt in an asinan was showcased in the film. Cuyos Pagdayao Festival, an Ati-atihan-like celebration usually celebrated on August 27, was featured as the town fiesta. The cast of Ploning is played by actors as well as newcomers to show business. Veteran actress Judy Ann Santos got the title role, compared to her other roles, which are very dramatic, her character in the film is seen as mellow and reserved
3. Au Revoir Taipei – Au Revoir Taipei is a 2010 Taiwanese romantic comedy film set in Taipei. Au Revoir Taipei is called One Page Taipei in Chinese which means one night or one page in Taipei, au Revoir Taipei is Arvin Chens feature directorial debut. It won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival 2010 and was considered a box office success in Taiwan, Kai, a lovesick young man, wants to leave Taipei in hopes of getting to Paris to be with his girlfriend. Kai spends long nights in a bookstore studying French, where Susie, after one extra ordinary night, Kai finds the excitement and romance he was longing for are already right there in Taipei. Kuo was awarded Best New Actor at the 12th Taipei Film Festival in 2010 for her role as Susie, au Revoir Taipei at the Internet Movie Database Beta Cinema
4. A Brighter Summer Day – A Brighter Summer Day is a 1991 Taiwanese drama film directed by Edward Yang. The English title is derived from the lyrics of Elvis Presleys Are You Lonesome Tonight, the film was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 64th Academy Awards but was not nominated. The film takes place over the course of four years in Taiwan, Xiao Sir is the fourth child of a large family living in Taipei. The family lives modestly off of the government job. The film opens in 1959, as Sirs father fruitlessly pleads with an administrator to keep Sir in day school, as opposed to the night school. The morning after, Sir and his father listen to the radio, the film then advances to 1960, where Sir, along with his best friend, Cat, is spying on the filming of a period drama in a movie studio. Caught by a guard in the rafters, they steal his flashlight and flee the studio, Sir, noticing movement in a darkened classroom, turns on the flashlight and startles a pair of lovers, whose identities remain unclear. These two gangs are fierce rivals, often attacking one another, Sir is not a member of either gang, although he is closer to the Little Park Boys than the 217s. Also introduced is Ming, a girl at Sirs school and the girlfriend of Honey, Honey is in hiding at the time. Sir and Ming meet and become friends, and Sir develops a crush on Ming, who claims to be eagerly awaiting Honey. At the same time, Sly, the leader of the Little Park Boys. Cat, the soprano of the group, phonetically transcribes the lyrics of Elvis Presleys Are You Lonesome Tonight, with the help of Sirs eldest sister, who speaks English. Preparations for the concert appear to be going well until Honey, wearing the uniform of a sailor as a disguise. Honey realizes that neither the Little Park Boys nor the 217s respect him any longer, the night before the concert, Honey meets with Xiao Sir, introduces him to the older gang of criminals he now belongs to, and explains the reasons for his disappearance. He had killed one of the 217s - supposedly over Ming -, Honey also bequeaths Ming to Sir, believing Sir to be stable. The following night, the concert is performed, Honey appears outside of the concert hall, demanding to be let in for free and insulting the leaders of the gangs. He briefly attacks several gang members before being subdued by the leader of the 217s, while walking along a road and discussing the concert, Honey is pushed into the street by the leader of the 217s and is hit by a car. While the next mornings news reports call Honeys death an accident, Ming is initially devastated by Honeys death, but soon recovers, and begins to show interest in Sir
5. Cape No. 7 – Cape No.7 is a 2008 Taiwanese romantic musical drama film written and directed by Wei Te-sheng, his first full-length motion picture. The film is in Taiwanese and Mandarin with significant lines in Japanese, before its commercial release, the film had its world premiere on June 20,2008 at the 2008 Taipei Film Festival as the opening film. The film later won 3 awards at the festival, prior to this film, the two leading actors Van Fan and Chie Tanaka only had minor acting experience while some of the supporting roles were filled by non-actors. The film has grossed over US$13,804,531 since its release and it is also currently the highest grossing Taiwanese domestic film. The film has won 15 awards to date, including 6 at the 2008 Golden Horse Awards and it was also Taiwans entry to compete in the 81st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, although it did not secure a nomination. In the 1940s near the end of the Japanese era of Taiwan, after the Surrender of Japan, the teacher is forced to return home as Taiwan was placed under the administrative control of the Republic of China. On his trip home, he pens seven love letters to express his regret for leaving Kojima Tomoko, more than 60 years later, Aga, a struggling young rock band singer leaves Taipei to return to his hometown of Hengchun. There, his father, the Town Council Representative, arranges a position for him as a postman, replacing the aging Old Mao. Aga unlawfully keeps and opens the package to discover its contents,7, Kōshun District, Takao Prefecture can no longer be found. After a frustrating trial period, Aga and Tomoko unexpectedly begin a relationship, with some assistance from hotel maid Mingchu, who is revealed to be Kojima Tomokos granddaughter, Tomoko helps Aga find the rightful recipient of the seven love letters. Tomoko then tells Aga that she plans on returning to Japan after the concert because of a job offer, Wei decided to make a film based on this story, in the hopes of financing his long-awaited epic film Seediq Bale, which had problems securing financial interest. By the end of 2006 Wei had finished Cape No and he was subsequently awarded NT$5 million for winning the Domestic Film Fund from Taiwans Government Information Office. Wei believed that such a setting would provide the backdrop for the harmony in diversity theme of Cape No.7. The film was shot between September and November 2007 in Hengchun and its neighboring Checheng and Manjhou Townships, located on the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County, the set for the Hotel Chateau was the real life Château Beach Resort at Kenting. A few scenes were filmed in Fangliao Township and Jiadong Township of Pingtung County, Kaohsiung International Airport, Ximending. The final scene presenting the Japanese teacher and other Japanese people leaving Taiwan by ship was filmed in a brewery in Taichung with more than 500 extras. Before filming, Chie Tanaka had been staying in Taiwan for 15 months to study Chinese so she did not have major problems dealing with the Chinese lines in the film, kousuke Atari played himself and as the 1940s Japanese teacher in this film. As the production went over budget, Wei had problems securing additional capital, he refinanced his home
6. A City of Sadness – A City of Sadness is a 1989 Taiwanese historical drama film directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. A City of Sadness was the first Taiwanese film to win the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, the film was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. The film depicts the Lin familys experiences during the February 28 Incident, by the end of the film even the photographer Wen-ching has been arrested by the authorities, leaving only his wife to tell the story of the familys destruction. The film revived Jiufen, and it became a popular tourist attraction and this film is regarded as the first installment in a trilogy of Hsiao-Hsiens films that deal with Taiwanese history, which also includes The Puppetmaster and Good Men, Good Women. A City of Sadness was a commercial success in Taiwan. It is now considered a masterpiece, and has been described as probably the most significant film to have emerged out of Taiwan’s New Cinema. Jonathan Rosenbaum lauded Hsiao-Hsien as a master of long takes and complex framing, in the Chicago Tribune, Dave Kehr declared, A City of Sadness is a great film, one that will be watched as long as there are people who care about the movies as an art. The film holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a City of Sadness at the Internet Movie Database A City of Sadness at Rotten Tomatoes A City of Sadness at AllMovie
7. Girlfriend, Boyfriend – Girlfriend, Boyfriend is a 2012 Taiwanese film directed by Gillies Ya-che Yang. The film released on August 8,2012, of the film, director Yang stated that while he did not intentionally set out to make a gay movie, but a political one, one which happened to include a gay character. He further stated that homosexuality and politics both in fact represent the theme of freedom, in the 1980s, high school students Aaron, Mabel and Liam are best friends and also caught in a love triangle. As the three go through the turbulent times, when social revolution takes hold over martial law, their relationships go through many ups. The New York Times cited the performance of Gwei Lun-Mei as a highlight, saying that she was by turns brazen and uncertain, fragile and steely. In comparison, the Los Angeles Times panned the film, stating that it to connect, Girlfriend, Boyfriend at Rotten Tomatoes Girlfriend, Boyfriend at the Internet Movie Database