Taiwan Film Festival: “Ice Poison”

Year: 2014Duration: 95 minutesDirector: Midi ZWriter: Midi ZStarring: Wu Ke-Xi, Wang Shin-Hong By Caz Armstrong Set in the director Midi Z’s native Burma (referred to in the film as Burma, not Myanmar), “Ice Poison” won a Best Film award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2014 and was Taiwan’s entry for the 2015 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s available currently as … Continue reading Taiwan Film Festival: “Ice Poison”

Taiwan Film Festival: “The Sandwich Man”

Year: 1983Duration: 108 minutesDirectors: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Tseng Chuang-Hsiang, Wan JenWriter: Huang Chun-Ming By Caz Armstrong The Taiwanese New Wave film “The Sandwich Man” featured at the Taiwan Film Festival consists of three shorts, all adapted from the works of novelist Huang Chun-Ming. They offer a different take on similar themes, looking at providing for a family, consumerism, and changing society. They all have families at … Continue reading Taiwan Film Festival: “The Sandwich Man”

Pride Month, Retrospective Review: Blue Gate Crossing

“Blue Gate Crossing” is a film as placid as a billowing cloud; you see it, and it leaves just as soon as it comes. Lighthearted, yet effective, writer-director Yee Chih-Yen (this is his sophomore film); ensures that the film’s strength lies in its simplicity. The setup is standard; boy meets girl, boy’s raging hormones make girl irresistible–in spite of her repeated rebukes. However, the depth comes from an interesting reversal of expectations; what might this reversal be? The aforementioned girl has her hearts set on someone else–another girl. Continue reading Pride Month, Retrospective Review: Blue Gate Crossing