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"Rebels of the Neon God" Film Screening and Q&A

The USC East Asian Studies Center and School of Cinematic Arts present a screening of the movie "Rebels of the Neon God."

When:
November 18, 2009 5:15pm to 9:00pm
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About Rebels of the Neon God (Qing shao nian nup zha, 1992)

The film depicts the story of Hsiao Kang, the disaffected son of a taxi driver who drops out of school, and Ah Tze and Ah Bing, a pair of hoodlums who rob coin boxes for arcade money. When Ah Tze gives a motorcycle ride to a girl he likes, he smashes the side mirror of Kang's father's taxi. Kang witnesses the incident and begins a relationship with the delinquent, while at the same time plotting his revenge.

In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles.

Running time: 106 minutes.

 

Schedule
5:15pm-6:15pm Reception
6:15pm-8:15pm “Rebels of the Neon God”
8:15pm-9:00pm Q&A session with Director Tsai Ming-liang and Director/Actor Lee Kang-sheng

 

Director Tsai Ming-liang
Tsai Ming-liang, part of the “Second New Wave” of Taiwanese filmmakers, was born in 1957 in Kuching, Malaysia. He graduated from the Drama and Cinema Department of Chinese Cultural University of Taiwan and spent the early part of his career working in television production and screenwriting. His first feature debut film, "Rebels of The Neon God" (1992), is considered a template for much of his later works which focus on Taipei youth, urban alienation, and family problems. He has won awards for many of his films including: "Rebels of the Neon God" (1992), "Vive L'amour" (1994), "The River" (1997), "The Hole" (1998), "What Time Is It There?" (2001) and "The Wayward Cloud" (2005). His most recent film, which was shown at this year's Cannes Film Festival is entitled "Face" (2009).

 

Actor/Director Lee Kang-sheng
Lee Kang-sheng, an actor, screenwriter and director, was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1968. He has appeared in all of Taiwanese Director Tsai Ming-liang’s films, noted above. In 2003, Lee directed his first film, "Missing," which won the KNF Award, the NETPAC Award and the Tiger Award at the 2004 Rotterdam International Film Festival. His second film, "Help Me Eros" (2007), also won a special jury award at the 2007 World Film Festival of Bangkok.

 

"Rebels of the Neon God"
The film depicts the story of Hsiao Kang, the disaffected son of a taxi driver who drops out of school, and Ah Tze and Ah Bing, a pair of hoodlums who rob coin boxes for arcade money. When Ah Tze gives a motorcycle ride to a girl he likes, he smashes the side mirror of Kang's father's taxi. Kang witnesses the incident and begins a relationship with the delinquent, while at the same time plotting his revenge.

 

Please RSVP using the online reservation form at:
http://cinema.usc.edu/Rebels


For more information, please contact the USC East Asian Studies Center at 213.740.2991 or easc@usc.edu. To learn more about Outside the Box [Office], please visit http://cinema.usc.edu/OutsideTheBoxOffice.

 

Parking is available at Lot M, Lot V and PSD for $8. Enter campus through Gate #5 at Jefferson Blvd. and McClintock Ave. and proceed to parking kiosk. Off-campus parking is available in lots on Jefferson Blvd. and on the street.

Cost: 
Free

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