This book investigates the aesthetics and politics of Post/Taiwan-New-Cinema by examining fifteen movies by six directors and frequent award winners in international film festivals. The book considers the works of such prominent directors as Edward Yang, Tsai Ming-liang and Chang Tsuo-chi and their influence on Asian films, as well as emergent phenomenal directors such as Wei Te-sheng, Zero Chou, and Chung Mong-hong. It also explores the possibility of transnational and trans-local social sphere in the interstices of layered colonial legacies, nation-state domination, and global capitalism. Considering Taiwan cinema in the wake of globalization, it analyses how these films represent the socio-political transition among multiple colonial legacies, global capitalism, and the changing cross-strait relation between Taiwan and the Mainland China. The book discusses how these films represent nomadic urban middle class, displaced transnational migrant workers, roaming children and young gangsters, and explores how the continuity/disjuncture of globalization has not only carved into historical and personal memories and individual bodies, but also influenced the transnational production modes and marketing strategies of cinema.
Ivy I-chu Chang is Professor and the former provost of National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. She was a visiting scholar and Fulbright scholar at New York University in 2006 and 2011-12, a recipient of MOST Grant (1997-2019), Mackay Canadian Studies Award, and Asian Cultural Council Award. She is the co-editor and chapter contributor of a book, Transnational Performance, Identity, and Mobility in Asia (Palgrave, 2018) and is the author of such monographs as Queer Performativity and Performance (2010); and Global Time-Space, Bodies and Memories: Taiwan New Cinema and its Influence (2015).
Introduction.- The Visible and the Invisible: Edward Yong's Taipei Trilogy.- The Ruin, Body, and Time-image in Tsai Ming-Liang's Films: The Wayward Cloud, What Time Is It There, and I Don
't Want to Sleep Alone.- Colonial Reminiscence, Japanophilia Trend, and Taiwanese Grassroots Imagination in Cape No. 7.- Mourning Love: Queer Performativity and Transformation in Zero Chou's Spider Lilies and Splendid Float.- Aesthetics of Violence and Elegy for the Young: Chang Tsuo-chi's Gang Trilogy.- Repressed Memories and the Unhomely in Chung Mong-hong's Children Trilogy.