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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (109 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Big World Pictures, 1992.

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General Note:
Title from title frames.
In Process Record.
Participant or Performer Note:
Yu-Wen Wang, Chao-jung Chen, Lee Kang-sheng, Chang-Bin Jen
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Originally produced by Big World Pictures in 1992.
Summary, etc.:
Tsai Ming-liang emerged on the world cinema scene in 1992 with his first, groundbreaking feature, REBELS OF THE NEON GOD. His debut already includes a handful of elements familiar to fans of subsequent work: a deceptively spare style often branded ́minimalist́; actor Lee Kang-sheng as the silent and sullen Hsiao-kang; copious amounts of water, whether pouring from the sky or bubbling up from a clogged drain; and enough urban anomie to ensure that even the subtle humor in evidence is tinged with pathos.. The loosely structured plot involves Hsiao-kang, a despondent cram school student, who becomes obsessed with young petty thief Ah-tze, after Ah-tze smashes the rearview mirror of a taxi driven by Hsiao-kanǵs father. Hsiao-kang stalks Ah-tze and his buddy Ah-ping as they hang out in the filḿs iconic arcade (featuring a telling poster of James Dean on the wall) and other locales around Taipei, and ultimately takes his revenge.. REBELS OF THE NEON GOD is a remarkably impressive first film that hints at the promise of its director. Though showing such diverse influences as the French New Wave, Wong Kar-waís early filmśand, yes, Rebel Without a CauséTsaís film is most remarkable for introducing his startlingly unique vision to world cinema.. Nominated for Best Leading Actress (Yu-Wen Wang), Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Horse Film Festival. Winner of Best Feature Film at the Torino International Festival of Young Cinema. ́A near-masterpiecéŒas close as contemporary filmmaking gets to the essence of poetry." ́ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Chicago Reader. ́The creation of a wildly original artist coming into his own...feels alive with possibility...marks the start of one of modern cinemás great careers.́ ́ A.O. Scott, New York Times
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Language Note:
In Chinese,Mandarin
Subject: Foreign language films.
Motion pictures.
Genre: Feature films.

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