The Silent War (聽風者)
Directed by Infernal Affairs director Mak Siu-fai (麥兆輝), who has teamed up once again with The Lost Bladesman director Felix Chong (莊文強), The Silent War creates a big-budget story set during the war between China and Japan in the lead up to World War II. Great costumes worn by consummate professionals Tony Leung (梁朝偉), Zhou Xun (周迅) and Mavis Fan (范曉萱) ensure that there is plenty to hold the attention.
Contes Des Quatre Saisons
For fans of the moral parables of Eric Rohmer, this is a dream come true. A mini-festival at the Wonderful Theater (真善美戲院) which includes four classic films: Conte d’automne, Conte d’ete, Conte d’hiver and Conte de printemps. For fans of the glories of French cinema, it doesn’t get any better. Tickets are NT$180 each or NT$720 for all four films. Until Nov. 4.
Westgate Tango (西門町)
Feature debut by notable film critic Wang Wei (王瑋). The film takes Taipei’s trendy Ximending district, best known for its mix of alternative lifestyles, youth fashion and the antimony of adolescent life, and provides an upbeat story of damaged young people finding their purpose in life. The film’s upbeat tone may appeal to some, but the complexity of the background is obliterated by rom-com stereotypes.
Remember the Italian Auteurs
This second installment of the festival celebrating the best of Italian cinema puts the filmmaker Frederico Fellini in the spotlight with five of his films to screen at the Blossom Cinema (梅花數位戲院): Juliet of the Spirits, Otto e Mezzo, La Dolce Vita, Il Bidone, and I Vitelloni. Until Sept. 20.
It’s profane, its juvenile, and its dumb; but sometimes that’s just what you are in the mood for. The Watch, with its strong cast of funnymen including Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, manages to provide pretty much what is advertised on the poster.
Nothing to do with the overpriced coffee chain, Starbuck is a Canadian production (in French) by director Ken Scott that works off the now well-worn trope of children conceived by artificial insemination discovering their biological father. Think The Kids are Alright without the A-list cast.
The Ghost Tales (變羊記)
Taiwanese director Zuo Shi-qiang (左世強) makes a stab at creating a Taiwanese horror film. The story is inspired by a classic Chinese ghost story, aims for supernatural chills rather than horrific gore, and features veterans such as Tsai Chen-nan (蔡振南) to bolster a young cast.
A 7th anniversary production by Thai film studio GTH featuring three well-known Thai directors and a cast of top-shelf Thai celebs.
Attack the Block
Funky British sci-fi comedy by director Joe Cornish, of the critically acclaimed UK TV series The Adam and Joe Show from the late 1990s. Some of the same chaotic sensibility is on hand in this tale of a south London teen gang defending their block of an apartment complex from alien invasion.