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    The Great Buddha+

    Directed by Huang Hsin-Yao
    Taiwan | 104 minutes | World Cinema Now

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    The Great Buddha+

    Directed by Huang Hsin-Yao
    Taiwan | 104 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • View Trailer

    The Great Buddha+

    Directed by Huang Hsin-Yao
    Taiwan | 104 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • View Trailer

    The Great Buddha+

    Directed by Huang Hsin-Yao
    Taiwan | 104 minutes | World Cinema Now

Meek security guard, Pickle, and his trash-picking nomad friend Belly Button get more than they bargained for when they begin a nightly voyeuristic ritual of watching footage from Pickle’s boss’s car dash cam, in this irreverent, dark comedy from Taiwan. Winner: Grand Prize; Taipei.

Schedule

January 6, 2018 4:00 PM Palm Canyon Theatre Tickets not available
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January 13, 2018 3:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Nothing is more sacred than one’s social status and reputation in filmmaker Hsin-Yao Huang’s The Great Buddah+, a unique and darkly comedic study of present-day Taiwan and the lower-class inhabitants that are subservient to the elite.

The middle-aged and meek Pickle has been a low-level security guard for the esteemed Chairman Kevin’s factory for a decade, yet the only upward mobility he seeks is during the nightly visits from his nomadic buddy Belly Button and his salacious magazines. But when the pushy Belly Button convinces Pickle to steal Chairman Kevin’s dash cam footage to listen in on the boss’s various affairs, their new form of nightly entertainment becomes not only titillating, but potentially deadly.

Employing bold, meta-drenched narration from the director himself, The Great Buddah+ lampoons the hypocritical, and often hysterical, social norms and practices of Taiwan’s upper class while finding compassion for the citizens so often overlooked.

Winner: Grand Prize; Taipei

film details

Country: Taiwan
Year: 2017
Running Time: 104 minutes
Language: Mandarin and Taiwanese (deaf-friendly)
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Best New Director, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Film Score, Best Original Film Song, Golden Horse Film Festival; NETPAC Award, Toronto International Film Festival; Audience Choice Award, Best Narrative Feature, Outstanding Artistic Contribution in Editing, Outstanding Artistic Contribution in Music, Outstanding Artistic Contribution in Art Design, Taipei Grand Prize, Taipei Film Festival
Director: Huang Hsin-Yao
Producers: Chung Mong-Hong, Yeh Jufeng
Principal Cast: Cres Chuang, Bamboo Chen, Leon Dai
Cinematographers: Nagao Nakashima
Editor: Lai Hsiu-Hsiung
Music: Lin Sheng-Xiang
Screenwriter: Huang Hsin-Yao

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