OzAsia Retrospective: Taiwanese New Wave

OzAsia Retrospective: Taiwanese New Wave

The history of Taiwan in the 20th Century is a tumultuous one, marked by Japanese occupation and a contentious relationship with mainland China. Such a dramatic backdrop seems an unlikely breeding ground for films that are distinguished by their studied introspection, formal precision, and empathetic humanism, but thus are the contradictions of Taiwan, and the New Taiwanese Cinema of the 1980s. We revisit the Taiwanese New Wave with three significant early works by master filmmaking Hou Hsiao-hsien, which survey a rapidly changing Taiwanese society. All three films screened on 35mm prints courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.