The Great Buddha+

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    The Great Buddha+

    Directed by

    Taiwan

    2017

    104 min

    • Mandarin
    • Taiwanese

    Drama

    Pickle is a night security guard at a bronze statue factory, who also plays in a band at the funerals when time allows. Earning a meager income, Pickle lives with his elderly mother. His best friend Belly Button works as a recycling collector during the day, and Pickle’s biggest pleasure in life is flicking through the porn magazines Belly Button collects in the small hours in the security room. Having late night snacks and watching television are an integral part of their dull lives. One day when the television is broken, their lives are changed forever. At first, they watch the footages recorded on their boss’s dash cam for fun, and soon they get addicted to peeping into the boss’s colorful private life and accidently discover the boss’s unspeakable secret. As a result, a ridiculous chain reaction is triggered, and even the statue of Buddha, ready to be sent to the religious festival, is forced to play a role in this chaotic situation. The story involves gods, the middle-aged men’s sexual desire and the conversation between ghosts and humans. Maybe the audience will find it preposterous, but isn't life itself a farce?

    Awards

    • NETPAC Award - Toronto IFF
    • CineVision Award Special Mention - Filmfest München
    • Taiwanese Submission for the 91st Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Cres Chuang
    Bamboo Chen
    Leon Dai
    Screenplay
    Huang Hsin-Yao
    Cinematography
    Nagao Nakashima
    Editing
    Lai Hsiu-Hsiung
    Music
    Lin Sheng-Xiang

    Director's Statement

    I have always wanted to tell a story about some forgotten place or people in the southern Taiwan. I feel that the comical portrayal of Taiwanese people on television or in film often fail to convey the true nature of our lives. There are many laughable things in our lives, and when they are depicted in the movies, they make us laugh out loud. But somehow I feel that these laughable things actually stem from sadness. We can only look at it directly and then carry on with our lives. If we feel helpless, it may be a way of coping.

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    Production
    CREAM PRODUCTION

    Press

    A black comedy on voyeursim that refreshes the found-footage genre with a cinematic high concept.

    Maggie Lee, Variety

    Huang Hsin-Yao

    Huang Hsin-Yao

    Taiwan

    As a documentary filmmaker, Huang Hsin-Yao is known for the satirical tone used to portray the dream and the disappointment of youth and the humorous narrative that enhances the preposterous situations one often faces in life. BLUFFING (2005) won Best Documentary at the Golden Harvest Awards. His visual poem, NIMBUS, shot by himself, won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Taiwan International Documentary Biennale, Best Cinematography at the Golden Harvest Awards and several other international film awards. In 2010, TAIVALU bagged the Grand Prize and Best Documentary at the Taipei Film Awards. THE GREAT BUDDHA is Huang Hsin-Yao’s first narrative short film, nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2015 Golden Horse Awards. In 2015, he made CLOUD NATION, the first Taiwanese documentary that has no narrative, no dialogue, no narration, no music and no protagonist. The 57-minute documentary consists of 55 shots, only depicting the moods of an island with pure images.