Taiwan Cinema: The Golden Age

A unique exhibition to tie-in with the festival screening of Forever Love, a romantic comedy by directors Aozaru Shiao and Toyoharu Kitamura which celebrates the heydey of Taiwanese-language films.
At the Terracotta Festival Hub, May 28 – June 1.

Theatrical posterDuring the 1950s and 1960s, there was a so-called “Hollywood in Taiwan” where every year, about 120 fantastical feature films were produced. These films were made in Hokkien, native Taiwanese language, and were hailed for their remarkable fantasy and science fiction story lines that featured spacetraveling spies, Triads in the jungle, and strange hybrid creatures of humans and deer. Sadly, this wonderfully creative and original period in cinema, which drew its cue from a mish-mash of international influences, came to an end when large studios insisted on making safer bet titles that were to be shot in Mandarin to fit in with the increasing influence of China.

The film Forever Love (Friday 30 May, 15:30) harks back to this largely ignored or forgotten era, paying homage to some of these films and including actual footage from some of these titles. The festival organisers, in association with Chinese Taipei Film Archive, have sourced theatrical posters from some of the films which inspired Forever Love; they will be on display at our hub, Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour, for the duration of the festival.

Chinese Taipei Film Archive

 

 

Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour
The Jade Door
15-16 Gerrard Street
Chinatown
London
W1D 6JE
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Hub Opening Hours
Friday 30 May: 12.00-18.00
Saturday 31 May: 12.00-18.00
Sunday 1 June: 12.00-18.00
Guests must be 18 years and over.
Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour will be open to the general public in addition to festival goers from 18:00 onwards.