Ice Poison
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    Ice Poison

    Bing Du

    Directed by

    Taiwan, Myanmar


    95 min

    • Mandarin
    • Burmese


    Taiwanese submission for the Academy Awards

    The harvest in the mountain fields is poor. In order to make a better living, the old man decides to send his son to work as a motorbike taxi driver in the city. Despite his effort, the son fails to attract any customers until he meets Sanmei. Sanmei is rushing to her grandfather’s funeral. Her father gets trapped in the North as the war breaks out, and her brother is a sailor working at sea. Sanmei is, therefore, left to face the sadness and pain alone. ICE POISON is a powerful stimulant that looks like pure crystal. Some people believe that it gives you courage, confidence and an ineffable sensation as if you were falling in love.


    • Best International Feature Film - Edinburgh IFF
    • Best Director - Taipei FF



    Wang Shin-Hong
    Wu Ke-Xi
    Midi Z
    Fan Sheng-Siang
    Lin Sheng-Wen
    Midi Z


    Midi Z. delivers his strongest work to date.

    Richard Kuipers, Variety

    Midi Z

    Midi Z


    When camera is on, reality is gone.

    Midi Z was born in 1982. He was raised in Myanmar, Burma, but trained as an artist in Taiwan. His graduation short PALOMA BLANCA was screened in numerous film festivals. In 2009, he was selected as the leading screenwriter and leading director in the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy organized by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Midi Z made a short fillm, HUA-XING INCIDENT. In 2011, he made his first feature film RETURN TO BURMA, which was selected by Busan Int’l Film Festival and premiered in Europe in the prestigious Tiger Awards Competition section of the 2012 Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam. THE PALACE ON THE SEA has led to another Tiger Award nomination in 2014, this time for short films. Midi Z's ICE POISON (2014) won Best Film in Edinburgh and represented Taiwan at the Foreign Language Oscars. JADE MINERS (2015), his first documentary, screened at the Taipei International film Festval and at the Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam, followed by CITY OF JADE which was selected at the Berlinale Forum 2016. He was awarded Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker in 2016 during the Golden Horse Awards to acknowledge his excellence in both feature film and documentary, as well as how his achievement broadens the horizon of Taiwanese cinema. His latest feature NINA WU (2019) is selected as part of Un Certain Regard at Festival de Cannes.

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