The Glamorous Boys of Tang

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    The Glamorous Boys of Tang

    Directed by

    Taiwan

    2018

    15 min

    • No dialogue

    Drama, Experimental

    In artist Su Hui-yu’s signature style, a moody slow-motion pan captures a wild, glitter-scattered, blood-splattered orgy during the Tang dynasty. The film is an invocation of scenes from 1985 Taiwanese cult film TANG CHAO CHI LI that only existed in the screenplay, unfilmed until now due to what can only be imagined as budgetary restrictions and censorship pressures during the Martial Law era. Presented without narrative context, the orgiastic murder scene plays out like an unsettling nightmare.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Huang Hsu-wei
    Popcorn
    Wu Pei-ting
    Kuo Meng-shin
    Alphonse Perroquet
    Parrot Caille
    Quail Youth-Leigh
    Screenplay
    Su Hui-yu
    Cinematography
    Chen Kuan-Yu
    Editing
    Su Hui-yu
    Music
    Blaire Ko
    Production
    SU HUI-YU
    Su Hui-Yu

    Su Hui-Yu

    Taiwan

    Su Hui-yu (1976, Taiwan) studied Fine Art at the National Taiwan Normal University and the National Taiwan Univeristy of Arts, both in Taipei. Su is mostly interested in the connections between media, images, history and everyday life, and his videos explore both the mass media’s impact on viewers and the projection of viewers’ thoughts and desires onto these media. Themes present in his work deal with violence, sleep, the female body and a general interplay between reality and fantasy. His videoworks and installations were shown all over the world and both of his solo exhibitions, THE FABLED SHOOTS in 2007 and STILNOX HOME VIDEO in 2010, were nominated for the Taishin Arts Award. In addition, Su was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Award and participated in artist in residence programmes in New York, Munich, Los Angeles and the Czech Republic. In 2017, IFFR dedicated a retrospective to Su’s videoworks, while his film SUPER TABOO (2017) had its world premiere in the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films. Su returns to the Tiger Short Competition in 2019 with THE GLAMOROUS BOYS OF TANG.

    Selected Filmography