Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Press Release: Bay Area


Ms. Fen-man Wu, Tel: (415) 364-5602
Ms. Claire Hong, Tel: (832) 330-9596
Ms. Jennie Chuang, Tel: (415) 364-5604


The Taiwan Film Festival (TFF) will return for its third annual edition this October in Bay Area theaters. TFF will showcase a carefully programmed selection of the Republic of China's best contemporary films. With a focus on "Youth and Redemption," the festival will be hosted by the University of San Francisco on Oct 16-17 and by Stanford University on Oct 17-18. Filmmakers will be present for the screenings.

Presented by The Chuan Lyu Foundation, Asia Society, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco and the campuses, admission is free and screenings are open to the public.

TFF at University of San Francisco October 16-17

On Thursday, October 16, the festival opens at University of San Francisco's Fromm Hall (corner of Parker and Golden Gate Ave.) with director Cheng Wen-Tang's SUMMER'S TALE. A selection of the 2007 Pusan Film Festival, SUMMER'S TALE begins as a story of youthful passions, and evolves to focus on the transformative power of friendship. Enno Cheng, the director's daughter, provides a stunning performance as a teen songwriter who finds herself pulled into the romantic orbits of a classmate and teacher, all the while fighting a heart condition.

Following the screening and Q&A with Director Cheng, Enno, who is also a celebrated pop star in Taiwan, will perform along with musician KK who composed the soundtrack to SUMMER'S TALE.

On Friday, October 17, Ho Chao-Ti's fascinating documentary THE GANGSTER'S GOD will make its US premiere. At every Lantern Festival in Taidong, a group of men strip bare above the waist, and wearing nothing but red shorts, stands on a sacred palanquin, allowing people to pound their bodies with bottle rockets, singeing their skin. They are believed to be human incarnations of the god Handan. The "Scorching of Handan" has in recent years become a major event in eastern Taiwan. Those who take part in the ritual have always been shrouded in mystery, and rumored to be members of the gangster underworld. This stunning documentary enters the heart of these men's universe, recording their dramatic lives.

A Q&A with director Ho Chao-Ti will follow.

TFF at Stanford University October 17-18, 2008

Stanford University will host four films from the Taiwan Film Festival on October 17-18. All screenings will take place at Stanford's Cubberly Auditorium (485 Lasuen Hall).

The Stanford selections will open with SECRET, the directing debut from actor Jay Chou (CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER). A charming romance also starring Chou, SECRET was an official selection of the 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival.

Two documentaries will follow. In Lin Yu-Hsien's ELEPHANT BOY AND ROBOGIRL, two young children, though suffering from tremendous physical handicaps, fight to live life to the fullest. Lee Jong-Wang's FOR MORE SUN chronicles the efforts of a group of young Taiwanese engineers as they build a hand-made solar car to complete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia.

The festival at Stanford concludes with Lin Jing-Jie's THE MOST DISTANT COURSE, winner of the International Critic's Week Award at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. The movie interweaves the stories of three lost souls as they travel through Taiwan's beautiful Eastern shore in search of solace, while reminding the viewer of the elevating power of sound and music. Lin Yu-Hsien, Lee Jong-Wang and Lin Jing-Jie will be in attendance.

With its unique and rich cultural heritage, Taiwan has produced such internationally recognized directors as, Ang Lee, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang. During TFF 2008, viewers will be treated to the next generation of great directors from Taiwan and have a chance to ask about their creative process.

For more details, please open the attached PDF for locations, scheduled films, photos and director's bio. You can also access additional information through:

Short Blurb for the South Bay media:

The 2008 Taiwan Film Festival will run at Stanford University (Cubberley Aud.) on Oct 17 & 18. Jay Chou's directorial debut SECRETS will screen at 8pm on October 17. October 18th will features three films, including two documentaries: ELEPHANT BOY AND ROBOGIRL and FOR MORE SUN, as well as Lin Jing-Jie's award winner feature THE MOST DISTANT COURSE. Filmmakers will be on hand for Q&A during Saturday's films. Presented by the Center for East Asian Studies (Stanford Univ.), The Chuan Lyu Foundation, Asia Society and Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in SF. Admission is FREE. TFF will also have films playing at Univ. of San Francisco on Oct 16-17. For more specific information about the scheduled films & directors, please visit

Short Blurb for San Francisco media:

The 2008 Taiwan Film Festival will run at the University of San Francisco's Fromm Hall October 16-17, 2008. Cheng Wen-Tang's SUMMER'S TAIL will screen at 5:45pm on Thursday, October 16, and will be followed by a Q&A with the director and a special live musical performance by lead actress Enno Cheng. On Friday, October 17, the documentary THE GANGSTER'S GOD will be featured, with the director in attendance. TFF will also be showing films at Stanford University on Oct 17-18. For more information, please visit Presented by USF Center for the Pacific Rim, The Chuan Lyu Foundation, Asia Society and Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in SF. Admission is FREE.


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