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Super Citizen Ko
November 18 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles present What Time Is It There? Taiwanese Film Biennial
SUPER CITIZEN KO (Taiwan, 1995)
Directed by Wan Jen
New Digital Restoration!
After 16 years as a political prisoner, Mr. Ko passed another 18 years alone in a nursing home. Now an old man, a sudden nightmare awakens him to action. But he finds himself in a world that has changed beyond recognition. Can he finally find peace after betraying his friends 34 years ago? This second installment of director Wan Jen’s “super citizen” trilogy juxtaposes layers of history and memory with Taiwan’s emerging, turbulent democracy of the 1990s. Featuring poetic interior monologues composed by veteran writer and Hou Hsiao-hsien collaborator Wu Nien-jen, this restored masterpiece is at once a cry for transitional justice, a meditation on the changing Taipei cityscape, and an exploration of cinematic language in a multimedia world.
Director: Wan Jen. Producer: Liao Ching-sung. Screenwriter: Wan Jen, Liao Ching-sung. Cinematographer: Shen Jui-Yuan. Editor: Liao Ching-sung. Cast: Lin Yang, Su Ming-ming, Chen Chiu-yen, Ko I-Chen, Hsing Feng.
DCP, color and b/w, in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles, 120 min.
LETTER #69 (Taiwan, 2016)
Directed by Lin Hsin-I
North American Premiere!
As the aftermath of World War II and the Chinese Civil War morphed into the Cold War, Taiwan was ruled under martial law from 1949 to 1987. During the height of the White Terror in the 1950s, thousands of suspected Communists and subversives were arrested; many of them simply disappeared forever. In 1993, a forgotten graveyard of 201 unclaimed victims was rediscovered at Liuzhangli on the outskirts of Taipei. Experimental filmmaker Lin Hsin-I’s Letter #69 explores the violence and injustice that still haunt Taiwan today through the letters of Shi Shui Huan, a political prisoner during the White Terror — all the way up to her last letter before being executed, a blank piece of paper.
Director: Lin Hsin-I. Cast: Lin I-Huang, Lin Hung Su-Chin, Kuo Chia-ling.
Digital, color, in Mandarin and Taiwanese with Chinese and English subtitles, 19 min.
FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.