Thursday, April 5, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21
THE GREAT BUDDHA + (大佛普拉斯)
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