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Taiwanese FF: Baby Steps

Program Running Time 103 min.

Jun 10 09:25 pm
Jun 11 05:05 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Barney Cheng
(Taiwan, 2015, 103 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, and his boyfriend Tate, long to have a baby, but the journey becomes more complicated by Danny’s well-intentioned but meddlesome mother who wants to control every aspect of the process from Taipei. Baby Steps is a Taiwan-US co-production, produced by Oscar-winning producer Li-Kong Hsu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman) and Stephen Israel (Swimming With Sharks).


Taiwanese FF: Welcome to the Happy Days

Program Running Time 111 min.

Jun 10 07:20 pm
Jun 11 09:35 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Gavin Lin
(Taiwan, 111 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

An eccentric young girl has her dreams of traveling to America dashed after her grandmother takes a tumble down the stairs. Their desolate hot springs resort is left in her care, along with a debilitating debt. What’s more, a strange young foreigner stumbles upon the resort with limited funds and even more limited Chinese. Join these two in an unusual partnership as they try to keep the resort afloat, while discovering its hidden romantic secrets. Welcome to the Happy Days will invite you on the vacation of a lifetime with its comic book-style storytelling and vibrant colors of a pre-WWII resort.


CINEMA SPECTACULAR 3 - An All-Canadian Motion Picture Variety Show

(300 mins)

Showtimes

May 29 02:00 pm

Agriotherium Films Presents:

CINEMA SPECTACULAR 3 - An All-Canadian Motion Picture Variety Show

Short Films • Trailers • Music Videos - Visit website for more information.

Come spend an afternoon at the luxurious Vancity Theatre with some of Canada’s independent filmmaking talent in a unique, curated cinema event. Featuring filmmakers and animators from six provinces, our third year of Cinema Spectacular is slated to be our biggest and best yet! Love independent, local cinema & support your local artists!

Join us after the event for the chance to win great raffle prizes donated by local businesses, a filmmaker Q+A hosted by Brendan Prost, and a post-screening shindig!

Ticket prices - $10 online, $12 at the door.

Taiwanese Film Festival 2016: "The Moment"

(2014, 113 mins, DCP)
In Mandarin, Hokkien with English subtitles
Director:
FEATURING Hou Hsiao-hsien, Sylvia Chang, Stanley Kwan

Showtimes

Jun 10 05:00 pm
Jun 12 03:00 pm

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In 2013, Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary. The ministry of Culture commissioned acclaimed Taiwanese documentary director Yang Li-chou to make a film about the history of Golden Horse, Chinese-language cinema’s oldest film awards. What is unique about the result is that it’s not an ode to celebrities but about the role cinema plays in ordinary people’s lives. It’s a love letter to cinema, filmmakers and audiences. Using archival footage, and clips from classics as well as interviews with luminaries such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Sylvia Chang, Stanley Kwan and others, this is a paean to cinema that traces Taiwan’s tumultuous past as well as the richness of Chinese-language films in the past 50 years.

The screening on Sunday June 12 will be followed by a panel discussion.

Taiwanese FF: Welcome to the Happy Days

(111 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
In Mandarin, Hoklo, English and Japanese with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Chia-Yen Ko, Andrew Chau

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Jun 10 07:20 pm
Jun 11 09:35 pm

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An eccentric young girl has her dreams of traveling to America dashed after her grandmother takes a tumble down the stairs. Their desolate hot springs resort is left in her care, along with a debilitating debt. What’s more, a strange young foreigner stumbles upon the resort with limited funds and even more limited Chinese. Join these two in an unusual partnership as they try to keep the resort afloat, while discovering its hidden romantic secrets. Welcome to the Happy Days will invite you on the vacation of a lifetime with its comic book-style storytelling and vibrant colors of a pre-WWII resort.

"An uplifting story about how an unlikely couple save a family-run guesthouse from going out of business… Alice Ko’s gratifying blend of slapstick and humor makes the Nintendo-games-playing slob a lovable heroine." Taipei Times

Taiwanese FF: Wansei Back Home

(2015, 111 mins, DCP)
In Japanese, Hoklo and Mandarin with English subtitles

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Jun 11 12:40 pm

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A tale of home spanning decades in war and peace, Wansei Back Home is the fruit of director Ming-Cheng Huang and producer Mika Tanaka’s twelve-year effort. Filmed over five years, the documentary tells the story of “wansei”, or Japanese who were born in Taiwan during the colonial period. After WWII, they were forcibly deported back to Japan, despite having spent almost two decades of their life in Taiwan. Now, advanced in age and with children and grandchildren of their own, the wansei are returning to Taiwan once more. Intimate and moving, the documentary explores the power of memory, nostalgia, and the lasting place of home in our hearts.

Taiwanese FF: The Laundryman

(2015, 112 mins, DCP)
In Taiwanese, Mandarin
Director:
CAST Joseph Chang, Sui Tang, Wan Qian, Yeo Yann Yann

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Jun 11 07:15 pm

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In this kinetic horror/kung-fu mash-up, an innocuous-seeming dry cleaners fronts for a hitman-for-hire operation. When a nameless contract killer becomes haunted by his former targets, he enlists a psychic for help, but their quest to make peace with the past puts them at odds with his ruthless employer. Colorful and brimming with unforgettable characters, The Laundryman puts the stylish influences of Wong Kar-Wai on the spin cycle. (Chicago Film Festival)

"Starting off as a horror comedy and concluding with a hard-knuckle free-for-all, Taiwanese filmmaker Lee Chung’s first fictional feature works as a knowing and entertaining genre blender, its relentlessly manic energy propped up by its stars — some of them cast remarkably against type — and throbbing imagery." Clarence Tsui, Hollywood Reporter

"An assassin haunted by the ghosts of his victims is the tantalizing conceit of The Laundryman, the feature debut by up-and-coming director Lee Chung. There is a bit of everything in this black comedy — from a healthy dose of romance and suspense to abundant action. To top it all off, this boisterous genre concoction is made with sleek production values and an A-list cast." Taipei Times

Taiwanese FF: Panay, Children of the Sun

(2015, 99 mins, DCP)
In Mandarin, Taiwanese, Amis with English subtitles
Directors:
CAST Ado Kaliting Pacidal, Dongi Kacaw, Rahic Kulas, Kaco Lekal, Bokeh Kosang

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Jun 11 03:00 pm
Jun 12 06:20 pm

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Based on a true story, up and coming directors Yu-Chieh Cheng and Lekal Sumi weave a wonderfully shot story about aboriginal rights. When Panay, a single mother, returns to her home village to attend to her sick father, she discovers a plan to turn their lands into large resorts. Rekindling her love for her home, she works with the villagers to revive the village and save their lands. As the first to leave the village and receive a college education, Panay sees the struggles of marginalized groups in society, and it is through this that she is able to reconcile with her aboriginal roots. Panay: Children of the Sun is a story of reclamation: the reclamation of the rightful land of the Pancah, and Panay’s reclamation of a culture she left behind. Its beautiful scenery will draw you into a world still strongly integrated with nature.

Note: the screening Sunday June 12 will be preceded by the short film, Behind the Scene (11 min).

"Essentially Local Hero in paddy fields… the idyllic surroundings, naturalistic performances and overwhelmingly earnest message ultimately win out." South China Morning Post

Taiwanese FF: Fly, Kite Fly

(2015, 75 mins, DCP)
In Taiwanese
Director:
FEATURING Chen-Chung Shen

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Jun 11 11:00 am

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In 1991, a man makes a promise to create a detailed account of the Black Kites (a specie of eagle) of Taiwan. Produced by the Raptor Research Group of Taiwan, Fly, Kite Fly! follows Chen-Chung Shen, a.k.a Mr. Eagle, on a 20-year journey across Taiwan as he observes its 200 remaining Black Kites. The film chronicles a story of rapid urbanization, conservation, and the dangers of pesticide use, through the plight of the Black Kites, borrowing the voice of famous director and scriptwriter, Wu Nien Zhen. Carefully shot scenes of the Black Kites playfully gliding over Taiwan’s coast will inspire the same desire to protect these precious creatures as it did for Mr. Eagle almost 20 years ago.

Taiwanese FF: Elena

(2015, 138 mins)
In Hoklo, Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Kai-Hsun Chuang, Leon Dai, Tammy Chen, Shao-Hua Lung

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Jun 12 08:35 pm

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“A daughter is a father’s lover from a previous life, so your name will be ‘Eileen’.”

(Note: ‘Eileen’ sounds like the pronunciation of ‘lover’ in Taiwanese)

Eileen’s life takes a turn for the better when a motorcycle accident lands her with free violin lessons. She develops a newfound relationship with retired police officer turned taxi driver Liao Chun-Ming as well as Kevin, the man of her dreams. There are the familiar family antics of tea-side conversations and late-night karaoke at the local bar. But there also the dreams of something more, interweaving music and love into the suffocating fabric of daily life. Elena portrays the struggles of the average Taiwanese working class, and the difficulties they face in a rapidly changing country that sees rusty old factories as a thing of the past.

This screening will be preceded by the short film: New Human (4 mins).

"Part romantic comedy, part Taiwanese soap opera, the film, set in the industrial city of Kaohsiung, tells the story of a woman in search of love and happiness, but fixes its gaze on social ills and political injustice in Taiwanese society." Tapei Times

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