Taiwan Cinefest

War Game 229

Tickets at Door: £6.50 (student/senior) / £8 (adult)

Online ticket purchase available at www.taiwancinefest.com

Gangsters – Romance – Drama – Music – Action

The 4th edition of Taiwan Cinefest – the UK’s Taiwanese Film Festival is back with a fresh batch of UK premieres including Leaving Gracefully, War Game 229, MayDay 3DNA and Days We Stared at the Sun (110 mins).

Friday 25th May – 5.50pm

Leaving Gracefully

Dir. Pen Chia-chia | 107 mins | Taiwan | 2011 | UK Premiere | Mandarin with English subtitles

Cast: Rene Hou, Huang Pin-yuan

Genre: Drama

Bittersweet and uplifting tale of how a couple's love triumphs after one is diagnosed with a degenerative illness and leads then on an amazing journey. Based on a true story.

True love triumphs over every adversity in this true-story of a man (Huang Pin-yuan) coming to terms with his wife’s debilitating neurological illness. Pushed to an emotional brink at the futility of finding a cure for his wife (Rene Hou), he sets out to reclaim hope by taking one final special journey together. Modifying his wife’s wheelchair they set out on foot with the mission to travel around Taiwan. They embark on a spiritual journey to rediscover their love for each other and more importantly begin to understand the value in taking life one day at a time. Rene Hou gives a critically acclaimed performance, in what critics have been describing as “touching, authentic and award-winning”. Based on the best-selling book “Million Steps of Love”.

Friday 25th May – 7.30pm

War Game 229

Dir. Huang Chien-liang | 100 mins | Taiwan | 2011 | UK Premiere | Mandarin with English subtitles

Cast: Ting Chiang, Chien Te-men , Tieh Meng-chiu, Lin Mei-chao, Tender Huang

Genre: Action | Comedy

A fast-paced movie whose action centers on airsoft games.

What would you do if your town became the playground for airsoft games? Take up arms and join them of course! War Game 229 follows a group of 5 eccentric and life-loving veterans, who decide to fight back and prove to the younger generation that their wisdom and experience will take down arrogant youth anytime. It not only proves a heart-warming drama, showcasing the endless talent of Taiwan’s veteran actors, it also proves to be a rather fast-paced action film.

Saturday 26th May – 5.30pm

Days We Stared at The Sun

Dir. Yu-chieh CHENG | 110 mins | Taiwan | 2011 | UK Premiere | Mandarin with English subtitles

Cast: Chen Hao-yuan

Genre: Drama

Movie length edit of the outrageously popular Taiwan TV show full of teen angst, drama and high-jinks

This brave and unique film conveys some of the key social issues facing teenagers today and issues of which are universal in nature. Two friends push the boundaries of their youth, battling to overcome issues from drug dependency, poverty and violence. Hao-yuan (Chen Hao-yuan) used to being a high achieving student starts to buckle under the constant pressure and ongoing family complications back home. Another, Hong Cheng-yi, tries to stage a bank robbery in a moment of hormonal madness with slightly unnerving consequences. A perfect blend of tension and drama, this film will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Saturday 26th May – 7.30pm


Dir. Wen-Yen Kung | 95 mins | Taiwan | 2011 | UK Premiere & Closing Night Film | Mandarin with English subtitles

A unique take on the concert film format with a mixture of fictional narrative and live performance from Asia's biggest rock bands

Mayday’s latest DNA world tour, filmed in Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with more than 22 digital camera rigs, that will take the audience to a place they have never seen, - even in concert… it’s a place where performance, technology, and cinematography culminate in the Mayday Culture. Going beyond the traditional concert film format it also includes three separate stories involving a Guangzhou father and daughter; a Taiwan taxi driver and passenger; and a third about a Shanghai delivery boy. Each story affected by the lure of Mayday causing their journey to intersect at one huge concert in Shanghai, with an uplifting outcome.