Paradise in Service

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    Paradise in Service

    Jun zhong le yuan

    Directed by

    Taiwan

    2014

    133 min

    • Mandarin
    • Taiwanese

    Drama, Romance

    Busan IFF - Opening Film

    Pao, a young man from southern Taiwan, is deployed to the crack unit Sea Dragon. These men are stationed on the island of Kinmen off the Chinese coast, where they are subjected to constant bombardment by Mao's troops. Before long Pao finds himself confronted by an attack that involves not just bombs but also Communist pamphlets. Unable to cope with the psychological or the physical demands of military regimen, Pao is transferred to ‘Unit 831’ – a code name for the brothels that have been set up semi-officially to keep Taiwanese soldiers happy at the front. This is where Pao encounters female prisoners working as prostitutes in exchange for reduced prison sentences.

    Awards

    • Best Screenplay, Outstanding Art Design Contribution - Taipei FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ethan Juan
    Chen Jianbin
    Wan Qian
    Chen Yi-Han
    Screenplay
    Doze Niu Chen-Zer
    Tseng Li Ting
    Cinematography
    Charlie Lam
    Editing
    Hou Hsiao-Hsien
    Milk Su
    Chen Chun-Hung
    Music
    Lee CinCin
    Production
    HONTO PRODUCTION
    Production
    ATOM CINEMA

    Press

    An impressive and engaging feature.

    Jason Bechervaise, Screen Daily

    Technically strong, with a retro visual veneer that recalls the late ‘60s.

    Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter

    A chapter of recent Taiwanese history in lushly romantic, psychologically penetrating fashion.

    Maggie Lee, Variety

    Doze Niu Chen-Zer

    Doze Niu Chen-Zer

    Taiwan

    Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1966, Doze Niu Chen-Zer started his life as a child actor and was nominated for the Golden Horse Award in 1983 for his performance in the leading role in GROWING UP (Chen Kunhou, 1983). His directing debut WHAT ON EARTH HAVE I DONE WRONG? won a string of international awards. His two following films MONGA and LOVE were both box office hits in Taiwan.