Views of Taiwan: “The Great Buddha+”

Friday, September 21, 2018, 7 PM

Watch the trailer.

“[T]his ballad of sad losers mixed with satire on parochial politics is convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment,” raved Variety’s Maggie Lee of Huang Hsin-yao’s award-winning first feature. Lee also called The Great Buddha+ “arguably the best film to emerge from a year of exciting resurgence in Taiwan.” Mixing class-consciousness with dirty jokes, it tells the story of Pickle and Belly Button, two amiable working-class stiffs who make a shocking discovery while going through the dash-cam footage of Pickle’s wealthy playboy boss. The proceedings are enlivened by a wry voiceover by Huang himself that revels in obscene Taiwanese slang. Intended for mature audiences. (Dir.: Huang Hsin-yao, Taiwan, 2017, 104 min., DCP, Mandarin, Taiwanese dialect, and English with English subtitles)

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free