Anthony Kao of Cinema Escapist Recommends Films About Taiwan Ep 117

22 February 2021


A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:


This week we welcome back Anthony Kao, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cinema Escapist to Talking Taiwan. I’ve asked him to recommend films that help familiarize people with Taiwan. He’ll be recommending films about Taiwan that best represent certain decades, eras or significant historical events.



Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:


  • Anthony’s recommendations are of films made after the lifting of martial law in Taiwan 1987
  • In selecting films to recommend Anthony tried to select a variety of film genres to suit the different tastes of Talking Taiwan listeners
  • The films Anthony recommends represent a diverse array of Taiwan’s culture and historical phenomena
  • The five films that Anthony recommends: A City of Sadness (1989), Yi Yi (1999), Cape No. 7 (2008)
  • The historical and political relevance of Anthony’s film recommendations
  • The Taiwan history film trilogy by film director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢): A City of Sadness (1989), Good Men, Good Women (好男好女1995), The Puppetmaster (1993)
  • New Taiwanese Cinema
  • Second New Wave of Taiwan Cinema



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A City of Sadness (1989):



Good Men, Good Women (好男好女 1995):,_Good_Women



The Puppetmaster (1993):



Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢), Film Director:



Yi Yi (1999):



Edward Yang (楊德昌), Film Director:



Three Times (2005):



Cape No. 7 (2008):



Seediq Bale (2011):



We Te-sheng, Film Director:



On Happiness Road (2017):



Hsin Yin Sung, Film Director:




New Taiwanese Cinema:,_1982%E2%80%931990



Second New Wave of Taiwan Cinema:,_1982%E2%80%931990



The 10 Best Taiwanese Movies of 2019:


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