Please join Asian Pop-Up Cinema's 1st ever DIRECTOR ON CAMPUS event in collaboration with FLASHPOINT CHICAGO! (FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Moderator: Founder & Executive Director Sophia Wong Boccio. Director will speak In Mandarin with interpreter.

This event is created specially to allow a more in-depth conversation beyond our regular post-screening discussion -- an educational outreach effort with the objective of fulfilling our mission to connecting the Asian film industry with local Chicago film professionals, educators and students.

In this case, we are bringing an award-winning director Huang Hsin-yao from Taiwan to talk about the making of his film "THE GREAT BUDDHA+".

The only condition is that you must have seen the movie already. Come with your questions too!

Date/time:  April 6, Friday, 1 - 2 PM

Venue:  FLASHPOINT CHICAGO, 28 N Clark Street, 5th floor.  Screening Room 500.  

RSVP here.  

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