Rebels of the Neon God
Qing shao nian nuo zha
1992, Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan, 109 min.
With Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Chao-jung
- Sat, Jun 6th 7:45pm
- Sun, Jun 7th 3:00pm
- Tue, Jun 9th 6:00pm
- Wed, Jun 10th 8:00pm
"The creation of a wildly original artist coming into his own... feels anything but dated." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“About as close as contemporary filmmaking gets to the essence of poetry... one of the most assured and accomplished debuts of the 1990s." — Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Chicago Reader
Taipei by night, with an array of cheap hotels, electronic game parlors, clubs, and horrifyingly dank basement apartments, is as much a character in REBELS OF THE NEON GOD as its four belligerently alienating protagonists. A seemingly model student (Lee) becomes involved--at first accidentally, then obsessively--with two young thieves who rip off video arcades. Director Tsai (THE HOLE), in his first feature, indicates the direction of a new generation of filmmakers--life in a city that is simultaneously hellish and beckoning, a place where childhood is a non-existent state. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (BS)
Note: An imported 35mm archival print, courtesy of the Taiwan Film Institute, will be shown on Sunday. All other screenings will be in the newly restored DCP digital version.