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Casting Light on Taiwanese Cinema

10 May 2011

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Casting Light on Taiwanese Cinema

At the turn of the century Taiwanese cinema had a moment, albeit a quiet one that the average American filmgoer probably missed.

Edward Yang’s magnificent family drama “Yi Yi” was named the best film of 2000, in any language, by the National Society of Film Critics.

Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Mr. Yang’s compatriots in the movement known as the Taiwanese New Wave or the New Taiwan Cinema, were at or near the peaks of their renown; Mr. Hou’s “Millennium Mambo” and Mr. Tsai’s “What Time Is It Over There?” were both released in 2001.

That country was even represented at the multiplex, where “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” from the Taiwan-born Ang Lee, was becoming the highest-grossing foreign-language film in American history. (Unless you count “The Passion of the Christ.”)

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via The New York Times

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