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The Australian National University

Taiwan Film Festival 臺灣電影節 2015

20-22 March 2015

From the romance and action of box office hits to contemporary cinematic masterpieces, from gritty independent documentaries to cool art house pioneers — Taiwan boasts a rich cinema, with generations of internationally lauded directors. Take this rare opportunity to immerse yourself in a special selection of Taiwan's filmmaking talent from the last four decades.

All screenings are FREE and open to the public, but places are limited so bookings are essential. All films have English subtitles and are unclassified (R18+) unless otherwise noted.

For Friday Opening Night call (02) 6248 2000 or email | For Saturday & Sunday | Download the programme

A City of Sadness

Opening Night Film [SOLD OUT]

A City of Sadness 悲情城市

Friday 20 March, 6:15pm

Presented in partnership with the National Film & Sound Archive

Saturday 21 March

Auditorium, Centre on China in the World

Sunday 22 March

Auditorium, Centre on China in the World

Friday 20 March Opening Night

Venue: Arc Cinema, National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Cct., Acton [MAP]
6:15 - 9:15 pm
A City of Sadness 悲情城市

6:15pm           Welcome Remarks
6:30-9:15pm   Film Screening

Bookings for the opening film
›› Email or Phone 02 6248 2000

A City of Sadness 悲情城市 (159min, 1989, M)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien 侯孝賢


The first Chinese-language film to win the Venice Film Festival’s coveted Golden Lion, in 1989, A City of Sadness masterfully captures one of the most traumatic periods in Taiwan’s history, told through the fate of one family. A rare screening of the original 35mm release from the National Film & Sound Archive collection, this iconic work is a poignant, visually stunning account of the island’s transition from Japanese colonialism to Nationalist Chinese rule in the late 1940s.






Presented in partnership with National Film & Sound Archive

Saturday 21 March

Venue: The Auditorium, Centre on China in the World
11:00 - 12:00 pm
Spring: The Story of Hsu Chin-Yu 春天: 許金玉的故事 (56min, 2002)

Directed by Tseng Wen-Chen 曾文珍


Drawing on the first-person accounts of former postal worker and political prisoner Hsu Chin-yu and her peers, this documentary confronts the grim fate of some who dared to oppose the authoritarian regime of 1950s Taiwan.

1:00 - 2:45 pm
The Peach Blossom Land 暗戀桃花源
(107min, 1992)

Directed by Stan Lai 賴聲川


One of the few films by acclaimed theatre director Stan Lai, The Peach Blossom Land is a creative journey through personal identity and the China-Taiwan relationship, in which two competing theatre productions are deftly staged together to perform a entirely new story.

3:30 - 5:30 pm*
Rebels of the Neon God 青少年哪吒
(106min, 1992)

Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang 蔡明亮

Screening preceded by a special pre-recorded introduction from director Tsai Ming-liang

This dark, gritty film probes the loneliness and confusion of youth in the alleys and video arcades of 1990s Taipei. Punctuated by a distinct, pulsating soundtrack, this film launched the careers of now iconic director Tsai, and his longtime collaborator Lee Kang-sheng.

7:00 - 9:30 pm
Monga 艋舺 (141min, 2010, M)

Directed by Doze Niu Chen-Zer 鈕承澤


Outselling Avatar at Taiwan’s box office, Monga is a slick, action-packed and star-studded story about aspiring teenage gangsters. Set during the heady 1980s, in one of Taipei’s oldest neighbourhoods, the young gang’s loyalty is tested by changes afoot in the city’s cut-throat underworld.

Sunday 22 March

Venue: The Auditorium, Centre on China in the World
10:30 - 11:30 am
Writings that Weave Waves 潮浪譜寫共鳴
(60min, 2012)

Directed by Cerise Phiv 張俐紫 & Benoit Vermander 魏明德


The Austronesian first settlers of Taiwan maintain strong ties to cultures across the Pacific region. Reorienting the gaze away from East Asia, this documentary follows a group of young aboriginal Taiwanese on a globetrotting journey of self-discovery.

11:45 - 12:35 pm
The Gangster's God 炸神明 (49min, 2006)

Directed by Ho Chao-ti 賀照緹


In this startling documentary, a concrete factory worker seeks retribution from his deteriorating life of alcohol abuse and infidelity, deciding to take part in a dangerous parade at the local temple.

2:00 - 4:00 pm
The Terrorizers 恐怖份子 (109min, 1986, M)

Directed by Edward Yang 楊德昌


A series of odd coincidences draw strangers together, straining the relationship of a frustrated novelist and her doctor husband. Edward Yang, one of the key directors of the Taiwanese New Wave, explores the tensions felt by aspirational Taiwanese in 1980s Taipei in this mesmerising and critically lauded psychological drama.

4:45 - 7:00 pm
Cape No.7 海角七號 (129min, 2008)

Directed by Wei Te-Sheng 魏德聖


When a young postman fails to deliver a love letter from sixty years ago he unwittingly kindles an international romance and kickstarts his rock music career. This local box office smash entertainingly explores connections between Taiwan’s vibrant multicultural present and its contentious colonial past.


The Centre on China in the World gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our Opening Night partner, the National Film and Sound Archive, as well as the support of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canberra, and the ANU Department of East Asian Studies.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in AustraliaNational Film and Sound ArchiveANU Department of East Asian Studies

Updated:  19 March 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World