Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Interview on Taiwan Cinema

Those of you interested in the local cinema may enjoy this interview with a local documentary director on her new film and on Taiwan history: The new new Taiwan cinema: An Interview with Chien Wei-Ssu

Along with Kuo Chen-ti, director Chien Wei-ssu made Viva Tonal -- the Dance Age in 2003, a two-part TV movie airing on PTS. Its surprising popularity led the producers to edit a theatrical version which debuted commercially in May of that year. Former president Lee Teng-hui publicly hailed the film for preserving the world of '20s and '30s Taiwan from the point of view of its pop music. The theatrical release became a small sensation, and earned best documentary honors at the Golden Horse Awards, Taiwan's answer to the Oscars.

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