Thursday, April 5, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21


Director Huang Hsin-yao in attendance.  

Director: Huang Hsin-yao

Starring: Cres Chuang, Bamboo Chen and Leon Dai

Film Source: Cheng Cheng Films 

Taiwan | 2017 | 104 Minutes | in Mandarin w/English subs | Genre: Drama/Black Comedy

Synopsis: Pickle works as a security guard at a Buddha status factory at night. His favorite pastime is to read porn magazines and watch TV  with his best pal Belly Button. One day, out of boredom, they grab the dash cam of Pickle's boss and watch the recording. Pickle and Belly Button soon realize that they have not only instruded a man's private life but also witnessed his dirty little secrets that will trigger a chaotic chain reaction.


“Humor, a perennial scarcity in the self-serious world of art-house cinema, is in pleasingly abundant supply in Taiwanese director Huang Hsin-yao’s The Great Buddha+”
— Jordan Cronk, Film Comment

“Sporting an ingeniously cinematic concept that’s nimbly executed by writer-director Huang Hsin-yao and producer-DP Chung Mong-hong, this ballad of sad losers mixed with satire on parochial politics is convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment..” — Maggie Lee, Variety

“...brought comic relief to the sometimes grim subjects.” — Aurélie Godet, Cinema Scope

“...the most important film from Taiwan since Yi Yi.”  — Look Chi Man, HK01

“The Great Buddha + elevates into becoming a poignant portrait of the human spirit.” — Kamran Ahmed, Next Projection

Director's Bio