唐朝綺麗男 The Glamorous Boys of Tang
邱剛健 CHIU Kang-chien｜臺灣Taiwan｜1985｜Digibeta｜Colour｜103 min
★1985 Nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Golden Horse Awards
During the late Tang Dynasty, a handsome preppy meets a smart thug. They then become friends enjoying the carpe diem spirit. On their journey with sensual pleasure, they are accompanied by a mysterious girl who leads them to fall into a complicated love affair. However, the girl leaves them behind out of a sudden as she is getting married. Because of this shock, the men turn their way to fight against alienated powers. They encounter novices who are from Japan to study Buddhism, get to know the life of the assassin, and see how prostitutes work. It is an adventure with struggles between life and death, love and desire.
CHIU Kang-chien was invited to direct this film after his screenplay work, An Amorous Woman of Tang Dynasty (1984), received positive acclaim. The film also features Patricia Ha as the leading actress. The director of photography is CHANG Chao-tang and he extends CHIU’s ideas with radical cinematic language. The film depicts young men and women fearlessly seeking fulfillment in life. It shows how people could act in the liberal atmosphere of the Tang Dynasty. They experience departures of friends, cravings for affection, and fated accidents when wandering around. It is a glamorous work with stylistic moving images in the Taiwanese Martial Law Period.
★10.30 場次有映後座談 The screening on Oct. 30th will be followed by a Q&A session.