Taiwan Film Festival UK 2019

Taiwan Film Festival at Curzon

Dragon Inn

Director: King HU
6.15pm, 3rd April 2019
Curzon Soho
Digitally restored in 4K plus introduction

This film is a masterpiece of martial arts swords-play and speaks the tune of “The Swordsman” and the “Zatoichi” films. A must see for fans of classic Asian cinema.

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The Tag-Along

Director:Cheng Wei-Hao
6.30pm, 4th April 2019
Curzon Soho
Plus Q&A with writer Chien Shih-Keng

The Tag-Along is the first in a horror trilogy written by Chien Shih-Keng, adapted from a well-known Taiwanese urban legend, “The Little Girl in Red”.

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The Tag-Along 2

Director:Cheng Wei-Hao
6.20pm, 5th April 2019
Curzon Soho
Plus Q&A with writer Chien Shih-Keng

The second in the Tag-Along trilogy from writer Chien Shih-Keng picks up where the first film left off.

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Father

Director: Yang Li-Chou
2.30pm, 8th April 2019
Curzon Soho
Plus Q&A with director Yang Li-Chou & producer Michelle Chu

This is a documentary film about the art and the inheritance of Taiwanese traditional puppetry and the relationship between father and son.

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Long Time No Sea

Director: Heather Tsui
6.30pm, 8th April 2019
Curzon Soho
Plus Skype Q&A with actor Shang-Ho Huang

Tsui’s impressive debut based on her own real-life experiences, depicts a boy’s courage and his quest for self discovery.

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God Man Dog

Director: Chen Singing
6.15pm, 10th April 2019
Curzon Bloomsbury
Plus Q&A with director Chen Singing

This multi-character rhapsody evokes the pluralism of community, class and religion, as well as their conflicts, in contemporary Taiwan.

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The Walker

Director: Chen Singing
2.00pm, 13th April 2019
Curzon Bloomsbury
Plus Q&A with director Chen Singing

Filmed over the course of ten years, this documentary is a poetic expression of the persistence and creativity of LIN Lee-Chen, capturing the internationally renowned choreographer’s meditations on life itself.

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Small Talk

Director: Huang Hui-Chen
8.30pm, 11th April 2019
Curzon Bloomsbury
Plus Q&A with director Huang Hui-Chen

Anu is a tomboy. One of her daughters is filmmaker Hui-chen Huang. It’s considered taboo in their culture to question a mother’s unconditional love, and yet this is exactly the topic of Huang’s intimate portrait.

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On The Happiness Road

Director: Sung Hsin-Yin
9.15pm, 12th April 2019
Curzon Bloomsbury

Hsin-Ying Sun’s film paints a moving and thoughtful picture of one woman’s quest for identity and personal fulfilment in a constantly changing environment.

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Reality Check: Taiwanese Short Films

9.00pm, 9th April 2019
Curzon Bloomsbury

A selection of Taiwanese experimental short films.

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Taiwan Film Festival Closing Gala:
DocHouse: TFF 2019: Ongoing – Shorts + Live Music

2pm–4.25pm, 14th April 2019
Curzon Bloomsbury
Live Music by Panai Kusui & Ado Kaliting Pacidal

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Tsai Ming-Liang: The Deserted – VR cinematic experience

Tsai Ming-Liang: The Deserted (家在蘭若寺)

360° cinematic 8K VR film
Specially-designed pop-up cinema with HTC’s world-class Theatre Management System (TMS)

Date: 4 April – 8 April, 7 screenings daily except 8 April (Last screening on 8 April is at 5:00 pm)
Press screening: 3 April

Screening time:
11.00am-12.00pm
12.30pm-01.30pm
02:00pm-03:00pm
03:30pm-04:30pm
05.00pm-06.00pm
06:30pm-07:30pm
08.00pm-09.00pm

Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St, Marylebone, London W1G 7LP

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Tsai Ming-Liang at Tate Modern

About Tsai Ming-Liang

Tsai Ming-Liang is one of the most prominent film directors of the new cinema movement in Taiwan. In 1994, his film Vive L’ amour was awarded the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, and this helped establish a place for him in the world of international film. In 2009, Face became the first film to be included in the collection of the Louvre Museum’s “Le Louvre s’offre aux cineastes.” It has since become the benchmark for films venturing into the world of art galleries. In recent years, Tsai Ming-Liang has also moved on to installation art. His works have been well-received in Venice, Shanghai, Nagoya. Since 2012, he has been working on a long project to film Lee Kang-Sheng’s slow walk, cooperating with various cities and organisations. His 10th full-length feature “Stray Dogs” (2013) was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival. In 2014, he presented the critically acclaimed theatre work The Monk from Tang Dynasty in arts festivals in Brussels, Vienna, Gwangju and Taipei. That same year, Tsai made history by bringing his movie Stray Dogs at the Museum at MoNTUE, the Museum of National Taipei University of Education. In 2017, Tsai made first feature length VR film, The Deserted, which lead him to film Your Facethe year in 2018 which are both going to premiere in Taiwan Film Festival UK this April.

Your Face + Light

5 April 2019, 19.00
Starr Cinema, Tate Modern
UK Premiere + Q&A with director

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The Skywalk is Gone + No No Sleep + Autumn Days

6 April 2019, 16.00
Starr Cinema, Tate Modern
UK Premiere

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Goodbye, Dragon Inn

6 April 2019, 19.00
Starr Cinema, Tate Modern
35mm print + Q&A with director

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Masterclass with Tsai Ming-Liang

7 April 2019, 14.00
Starr Cinema, Tate Modern

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Afternoon

7 April 2019, 17.00
Starr Cinema, Tate Modern
UK Premiere

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