Poetry, literature, painting and film converge in this lyrical film essay about the Taiwanese poets who protested against Japan’s cultural superiority and the predominance of realism in poetry during the ‘30s.
Some elevated gestures are just as determined as they are brief and doomed to failure. Trying to fight back Japanese colonialism in Taiwan, back in the ‘30s, could be an example of that. And to carry on that resistance by publishing a surreal poetry magazine transcends to the category of sublime gestures. In her first film, Huang Ya-li joins yet another campaign destined to shipwreck: making an incursion into a genre doomed to gigantism: the period piece; and doing it so with the same delicacy as the movements of these young poets who label, sow, and bind every copy of their magazine. The result is a unique film where Cocteau, Teinosuke Kinugasa, Proust, or Buñuel parade by; a tribute to the breathtaking beauty of all those “happy few” who are blessed with the gift of visualizing a horse galloping on a tomato. FG
D, G, E: Huang Ya-li F: Hyperreality Mer, Huang Ya-li DA: Chang I-feng S: Huang Ya-li, Yannick Dauby M: Hsieh Chieh-ting P: Huang Ya-li, Chang Wen-Pei, Chang Ming-tho, Hvang Doin-Chi PE: Yen Hung-ya CP: Roots Films, Punch Cinema I: Liang Chun-wen, Lee Ming-wei, Ian Shen, Even Shen, Deven Ho
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He was born in Taiwan, and made his debut as a filmmaker in 2009 with his short The Pursuit of What Was.