Thanatos, Drunk

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    Thanatos, Drunk

    Zui Sheng Meng Si

    Directed by



    107 min

    • Mandarin
    • Taiwanese


    The camera follows closely on the heels of two brothers – one gay, the other straight. Both are looking for a job in order to survive. But both are also looking for themselves and long to find a foothold in life. The younger brother sells vegetables at the market where he meets a young woman who cannot speak but who gets up to all sorts of crazy things. The older brother is attracted to a dancer at a nightclub and finds himself drawn into some shifty business. Taking its cue from the rhythm of their wanderings, the film stays very close to its protagonists, showing them in lonely moments at the river, rambling boisterously through Taipei’s club scene by night, among barkers at the market, and in quiet moments together. Again and again the tone and hence the mood of the film changes. ZUI SHENG MENG SI proves once again that young Taiwanese cinema does not have to avail itself of classical storytelling to fascinate its audience. These are lives in limbo, without fixed coordinates. In this way the film evolves into a portrait of manners, and a panorama of a society that does not appear to welcome its next generation.


    • Grand Prize, Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor (Hong-Chi Lee), Best Supporting Actor (Jen-Shuo Chen), Best Supporting Actress (Hsueh-Feng Lu), Press Award - Taipei FF
    • Best Supporting Actress (Lu Xuefeng), Best New Performer (Lee Hong-Chi), Best Action Choreography, Best Editing - Taipei Golden Horse FF



    Lee Hong-Chi
    Chen Jen-Shuo
    Huang Shang-Ho
    Lu Hsueh-Feng
    Wang Ching-Ting
    Chang Ning
    Lin Chin-Yu
    Chang Tso-Chi
    Hsu Chih-Chun
    Chang Chih-Teng
    Chang Tso-Chi
    Lin Shang-Te
    Tseng Yun-Fang


    It’s what it says on the can: an intoxicating dance of death.

    Tony Rayns, Film Comment

    Chang Tso-chi

    Chang Tso-chi


    Filmmaking isn't rocket science. Your job is merely to visualize what is in your own mind and make other people believe it.

    Chang Tso-chi entered the film industry as an assistant director for Yu Kan-ping and the Hong Kong directors, Yim Ho and Tsui Hark. In 1988, he worked as first assistant director to Hou Hsiao-hsien in A City of Sadness. His directorial debut was AH CHUNG (1996), telling the story of a conflicted young man against the backdrop of Taiwanese shamanist rituals. The film won the Special Jury Prize at Asia-Pacific Film Festival, the New Currents award at Busan International Film Festival, the Best Director prize at Thessaloniki and the Grand Prix du Jury and Best Cinematography prizes at Zhuhai Film Festival in China. His next film DARKNESS IN LIGHT (1999) won the Tokyo Gold Prize (the grand prix at the Tokyo Film Festival) and Best Film and FIPRESCI Award at Singapore Film Festival. THE BEST OF TIMES (2001) was invited into competition in Venice, and went on to win Best Picture and Best Actor prizes at Singapore Film Festival. More recently, SOUL OF A DEMON (2008) was selected as opening film for the Hong Kong Film Festival and invited to Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. Chang’s latest film, WHEN LOVE COMES, was given a Gala Presentation at Busan International Film Festival in 2010, and has since swept a shelfful of awards.

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