10 film showcase includes films from Chung Mong-hong, King Hu and restored lost black and white Taiwanese films
TaiwanPlus, a new global English-language video streaming service, has launched its free Taiwan Cinema program with a selection of ten films available until December 31, 2021, that exemplify the diversity of Taiwan’s culture, peoples, and history. Online streaming dates are based on Taiwan standard time (GMT+8) with films accessible at TaiwanPlus.com via the website’s new Cinema section and downloadable TaiwanPlus mobile app.
The Collection includes a trio of restored films include two cult-favorite black and white films from the Taiwan Hollywood era of the 1960s– THE FANTASY OF DEER WARRIOR (1961) and VENGEANCE OF THE PHOENIX SISTERS (1968) along with WHEEL OF LIFE (1983), an anthology helmed by King Hu.
Two films by Chung Mong-hong, who recently won Best Narrative Feature and Best Original Screenplay for THE FALLS (2021) at this year’s Golden Horse Awards make up an After Death duo that brings us to edgier contemporary Taiwanese films that dare to dive into darker narratives. THE FOURTH PORTRAIT (2010) follows the story of a son left behind after the death of his father while in SOUL (2013), the mysterious collapse of a young chef leads to a terrifying spiritual possession in the mountains.
Two documentaries included are SMALL TALK (2016) by Huang Hui-chen, a 20 year film in the making where the filmmaker attempts to confront and reconcile painful past memories with her mother, a lesbian Taoist priestess, and ARCHIVING TIME (2019), viewers follow a group of film preservation staff from the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute as they work to preserve crumbling reels of film the world has yet to see.