Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Prince of Tears (2009)

Prince of Tears (2009)

March 10th, 7:00PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

This recent film by the director of Bishonen (1998) focuses on the so called White Terror of the late 1940's and 50's. During which thousands of Taiwanese were executed or imprisoned by the KMT government. It also marks the beginning of the long standing period of martial law.
These events are set in a small village and seen through the eyes of an Air Force officer and his family. While not the first Taiwanese film to deal with this subject matter, that would be City of Sadness (1989,) it has never the less acquired a degree of controversy of its own.
This controversy principally deals with the striking cinematography which is a trademark of the director. But some prominent critics have stated that the exquisite beauty and perfect composition found in nearly every shot takes away from the emotional impact of the film and its subject matter. In any case it is a provocative entry into recent Taiwanese cinema.

Taiwan, Director Yon Fan, Cast Fan Chih Wei, Terri Kwan, Joseph Chang, Jack Kao, Lin Yo Wei and Oceane Zhu, 123 minutes, in Mandarin with English subtitles

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