Formula 17 (2004)

YIN-JUNG CHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB. Original title:  17 sui de tian kong Taiwan, 2004.  Three Dots Entertainment Company.  Screenplay by Rady Fu.  Cinematography by Hui-Sheng Chen.  Produced by Aileen Li, Michelle Yeh.  Music by George Chen, Tze-li Hung.  Production Design by Zac Gu.  Film Editing by Hsiao-Tong Chen. Handsome Tien comes to the big city of Taipei to escape the…

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Go Go G-Boys (2006)

JONG-JONG YU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   Original title:  Dang wo men tong zai yi qi Taiwan, 2006.  Times Entertainment, Sky Digi Entertainment.  Cinematography by Yi-Mao Su. Incomprehensible nonsense about a young man who needs money to pay off his girlfriend’s debts.  He sees the perfect opportunity in a reality TV beauty and music contest for gay men…

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Silence (2016)

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Mexico/Taiwan/USA, 2016.  Cappa Defina Productions, CatchPlay, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Fábrica de Cine, IM Global, SharpSword Films, Sikelia Productions, Verdi Productions, Waypoint Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese, based on the novel by Shusaku Endo.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Barbara De Fina, Randall Emmett, Gaston Pavlovich, David…

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Millennium Mambo (2001)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Qian Xi Man Po Taiwan/France, 2001.  3H Productions, Orly Films, Paradis Films, Sinomovie.  Screenplay by T’ien-wen Chu.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by T’ien-wen Chu, Eric Heumann.  Music by Yoshihiro Hanno, Kai-yu Huang, Giong Lim.  Production Design by Wen-Ying Huang, Chih-cheng Wang.  Film Editing by Ching-Song Liao.  Cannes Film Festival 2001.  European Film…

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The Assassin (2015)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Nie yin niang Taiwan/China/Hong Kong/France, 2015.  Central Motion Pictures, China Dream Film Culture Industry, Media Asia Films, Sil-Metropole Organisation, SpotFilms, Zhejiang Huace Film & TV.  Screenplay by Cheng Ah, T’ien-wen Chu, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Hai-Meng Hsieh, based on the story by Xing Pei.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by Hsiao-Hsien…

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Afternoon (2015)

TSAI MING-LIANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Na Ri Xia Wu Taiwan, 2015.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015. You have to be a very big fan of Tsai Ming-Liang’s work to want to watch this filmed conversation between him and his usual lead actor Lee Kang-Shen:  two and a half hours of one static shot, involving…

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Flowers Of Shanghai (1998)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Hai shang Hua Taiwan/Japan, 1998.  3H Productions, Shochiku Company.  Screenplay by Eileen Chang, T’ien-wen Chu, Bangqing Han.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama, Teng-Kuei Yang.  Music by Yoshihiro Hanno, Duu-Chih Tu.  Production Design by Wen-Ying Huang.  Film Editing by Ching-Song Liao.  Cannes Film Festival 1998.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Four brothels in late nineteenth-century…

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Partners In Crime (2014)

JUNG-CHI CHANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Taiwan, 2014.  Arrow Film Production Co., B’in Music, Double Edge Entertainment, Jet Tone Production, Taipei Postproduction.  Produced by Wolf Chen, Jacky Yee Wah Pang.  Music by Tzu-Chieh Wen.  Production Design by Jo-Yun Wu.  Film Editing by Nyssa Li.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Three boys, two of them friends and the other a perpetual loner,…

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Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012)

YA-CHE YANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Taiwan, 2012.  Atom Cinema.  Screenplay by Ya-che Yang.  Cinematography by Jake Pollock.  Music by Baby Chung.  Production Design by Wei-Shun Lee.  Costume Design by Hsiang-Jung Wei.   Fluffy Taiwanese soap opera, about a love triangle between friends who experience political upheavals in Taiwanese society throughout their youth and into their adulthood. Sean is in love with his…

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Face (2009)

TSAI MING-LIANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Visage France/Taiwan/Belgium/The Netherlands, 2009.  JBA Production, Homegreen Films, Musée du Louvre Paris, Tarantula, Circe Films, Arte France Cinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Government Information Office of the Republic of China, Nederlands Fonds voor de Film, Eurimages, Région Ile-de-France, Arte France, Tax Shelter ING Invest de Tax Shelter Productions,…

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I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone (2006)

TSAI MING-LIANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Hei Yan Quan Malaysia/China/Taiwan/France/Austria, 2006.  Centre National de la Cinématographie, Dama Orchestra Malaysia, EMI Music Taiwan, Government Information Office of the Republic of China, Homegreen Films, New Crowned Hope, Soudaine Compagnie.  Screenplay by Tsai Ming-liang.  Cinematography by Pen-jung Liao, Tsai Ming-liang.  Produced by Bruno Pesery, Vincent Wang.  Production Design by Siong-king Gan, Tien-chueh…

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Good Bye, Dragon Inn (2003)

TSAI MING-LIANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Bu San Taiwan, 2003.  Homegreen Films.  Screenplay by Tsai Ming-liang, Additional narrative by Sung Hsi.  Cinematography by Pen-jung Liao.  Produced by Hung-Chih Liang, Vincent Wang.  Production Design by Sheng-Chang Chen.  Film Editing by Sheng-Chang Chen.  Toronto International Film Festival 2003.  Venice Film Festival 2003.   Lesser effort by the great Tsai Ming-Liang, about the last night of a…

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