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London festival closes with Taiwanese heist comedy

  • Date:2015-05-22
London festival closes with Taiwanese heist comedy

The 2015 Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) ended on a successful note after the screening of Taiwanese film "Meeting Dr. Sun (行動代號:孫中山)” at King's College London on May 22. Directed by Taiwan's award-winning director Yee Chih-yen (易智言), the 94-minute production won wide recognition from British audiences and critics.

The two-week festival in London ran from May 8 to 22 and offered a special segment called "Vision Taiwan,” which screened documentaries, films, and experimental video art from Taiwan.

The organizers invited three Taiwanese directors to London for the 2015 CVF, including Yee, Chen Singing (陳芯宜) , and promising young director Wu Jia-yung (吳家昀). "Vision Taiwan” also included fringe activities such as press conferences, seminars, as well as several tours to visit British film organizations.

During the event, Yee's film attracted the interest of British distributors; negotiations are currently underway for the film, and it is expected to be officially released in United Kingdom by the end of the year.

Yee's "Meeting Dr. Sun” has received many honors, including Grand Prix (Best Picture Award) and the Audience Award at the 10th Osaka Asian Film Festival; Best Original Screenplay at the 51st Golden Horse Awards; and Best Script at the 2014 Taipei Film Awards.

The film depicts a high school heist comedy with social and political undertones. After the May 22 screening, Yee told audiences that he has been very concerned about the issues of contemporary youths, so he wanted to present the plights and aspirations of young people in Taiwan through his work, using a humorous style to convey a deeper message.



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