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Taiwan’s films are hampered by their weaknesses: Lee

‘LACKING IN SCOPE’:Ang Lee faulted Taiwan’s films for their structure, dialogue and thematic development, saying they need to touch moviegoers

Staff writer, with CNA

Oscar-winning film director Ang Lee (李安) yesterday continued his critique of Taiwan’s movie industry, saying that its ability to compete internationally has been hampered by several deficiencies.

He said the two dozen movies produced by Taiwan each year tend to be narrow in scope, with themes that are not well developed.

The films are also not structured well, and their dialogue often “lacks nutrients,” he said during a public chat with Yu Kwang-chung (余光中), a poet and English professor at National Sun Yat-sen University in Greater Kaohsiung.

He would “love to fall in love with Taiwanese movies, but it’s been difficult to get excited” about them, said the Taiwanese-born director, who has become the most recognizable filmmaker the country has ever produced.

By contrast, he said, jurors found it difficult not to cast their vote for Ilo Ilo, a small production from Singapore that was the major winner at the Golden Horse Awards ceremony on Saturday.

Lee has previously described Taiwanese movies as “lacking in scope and strength,” but he said yesterday that “you don’t have to shoot a historic epic to have scope,” stressing that the most important element is the development of the theme.

“You just have to manage your subject in a way so that it can touch the audience deeply,” he said. “That’s want I meant by scope.”

Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) said she believed Taiwan was not lacking in ideas or originality, but said she felt there were problems in certain parts of the movie industry.

She cited special effects, post-production and capital as the areas that need more work.

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