[雙語] Top 5 Taiwanese Films of 2013

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Although Taiwan has seen a sharp rise in film production in the past few years due to the record-breaking success of Cape No. 7, there have been very few works that were able to break the aging mold of romantic comedies and family drama. 2013, however, has seen some very original films that are changing the perception of Taiwanese cinema. For starters, Taiwanese cinema is quietly moving away from the traditional romance and comedy genres that have dominated the market for the past three years; 2012 in particular had eight different comedy films showing during Chinese New Year. However, 2013 was a year of documentaries. In a turn that is quite unusual in the film market, many documentary films have not only received high praise, but great box office returns as well. Here are our top five film recommendations for 2013. 

 

Zone Pro Site (總鋪師)

A heartwarming and tender ode to the bygone days of open-air diners and festivities in Taiwan, Zone Pro Site is a well-structured and directed drama centering on the pursuit of Wan, a young girl who decides to pick up her family’s mantle – or in this case, wok – after getting into some trouble in metro Taipei. Starring Kimi Hsia, Tony Yang, and an impeccable comedic performance from film veteran Mei-Hsiu Lin, Zone Pro Site surrounds its commentary on Taiwan’s social dilemmas with hilarity and visual brilliance. Directed by comedy veteran Yu-Hsun Chen.


Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (看見台灣
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When director Po-Lin Chi gave up his job to dedicate his life to an aerial documentary of Taiwan, everyone thought he was out of his mind. That is, until Beyond Beauty became a runaway box office champion sparking debates all over the country from political corruption to environmental pollution. Narrated by Taiwanese cinema pioneer Wu Nien-Jen, the documentary carefully points out the problems with Taiwan today without telling its audience how to think. Like a philosopher sharing his wisdom, the film presents its images and music as a gateway to understanding our birthright. I highly recommend this film not only to my fellow countrymen, but also to friends around the world who wish to experience the beauty of Formosa. 

Forever Love (阿嬤的夢中情人)

A breath of fresh air in the over-saturated market of romantic comedies, this emotional but hilarious comedy of errors is based on the black and white film industry in Taipei’s Beitou area of yore. Touching and expertly crafted, this interesting twist on The Artist is worth a watch. Starring a break-out performance from newcomer Amber An and veteran Zheng-Long Lan, the directing duo Toyoharu Kitamura and Li-hsiou Hsiao recreate a long forgotten world from scratch, convincingly turning a classic love story into a critique on modern social woes. Sadly, this film was overlooked in Taiwan because of poor marketing and title choice.

 

Attabu (阿罩霧風雲)

Another exceptional documentary in a year of amazing documentaries, Attabu is centered on one of the most well-known families in Taiwanese history: the Lin family of Wufeng. This film is noted for its use of real time dramatization of historical elements, which is a rare feat in Taiwanese documentary film-making. Director Li Gang spent over five years and ten million taiwan dollars (an unprecedented budget for a documentary in Taiwan) to craft the epic tale of Taiwan’s most well-known family. Among its noted cast and crew is the celebrated production designer Baoling Li and costume designer Tongxun Chen.

 

Rock Me To The Moon (一首搖滾上月球)

This documentary is centered on a rock band formed by six fathers of children with rare genetic diseases. The fathers, all who are above the age of fifty and from different walks of life, aspire to perform in the annual rock and roll festival in Gongliao, Taiwan. It is hard not to tear up at the conditions that these brave people are going through, but their triumph in never giving up and never wallowing in despair is the greatest dose of reality and encouragement that Taiwan’s society desperately needs.

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近幾年來台灣電影的總產量已比2008年前整個電影產業蕭條時期高出好幾倍。但多數作品的架構和局勢仍欠缺眼界及國際觀,反而淪為年輕導演及毫無電影素養的文人雅士實現青春夢想、在技術層面上完全不成熟的“實驗品”。當然,從這波台灣電影新新浪潮所脫穎而出的新一代導演裡也不乏能人,其中亦有許多作品是值得嘉許的。2013年即見到許多叫好又叫座、令人耳目一新的作品。不過今年整個市場一反常態,許多佳作反而是在紀錄片的領域發光發亮,反觀劇情片的佳作則寥寥無幾。以下是我個人在2013年最推薦的台灣電影。

 

《總鋪師》:喜劇名導陳玉勳醞釀多年的巨作果然沒讓人失望,幽默、溫馨之餘也不失電影應有的氣度與風範。陳玉勳的喜劇一向荒誕卻不落於俗套,其幽默感在一片充斥跌跤、滑到香蕉皮類型的低俗笑料華語電影裡可謂碩果僅存的源流。劇中演員如夏于喬、楊佑寧、林美秀、吳念真、柯一正、喜翔等在喜劇與戲劇的變化裡皆處理的十分恰當,與一幕幕讓人垂涎三尺的美食特寫編織出一場精彩又溫馨的喜劇佳作。 

 

《看見台灣》:在一個產業規則明確的電影市場裡,像《看見台灣》這種斥資數千萬,卻不一定能回收的空拍紀錄片根本就可能被完成。俗話說亂世出英雄,或許是因為台灣電影產業尚未成熟,所以像導演齊柏林這樣抵押房子只為了在高空記錄台灣的熱血行徑才能被大家賞識、支持。當然,《看見台灣》本身是個應該被整個台灣都看見的作品。它用不矯情、不做作的態度平鋪直述的道出了台灣的美麗與哀愁。做為一個台灣人,你對台灣這片土地的問題知道多少?《看見台灣》用其波瀾壯闊的音樂、配上吳念真對這片土地溫柔深情的旁白,讓我數度為我所沒看見的台灣落淚。

《阿嬤的夢中情人》:台灣的浪漫愛情片有時候會自以為能做岩井俊二, 到最後只能做出一個東施效顰的笑話。但我被《阿嬤的夢中情人》說服了。他把一個本來十分經典,甚至平庸的愛情故事包裝在台語電影興盛時代的背景裡,嘲笑了那年代政治與社會的不安,也借其嘲諷了當今台灣的種種問題。主要演員安心亞、藍正龍、沈海容、龍劭華的表現更是十分優異,幽默之餘也不失去對其橫跨三十年的愛情所帶來的感動。唯一的缺點是有些喜劇笑料過於低俗。 

 

《阿罩霧風雲》:台灣五大家族裡,最富有傳奇性的當屬霧峰林家莫屬。李崗耗資千萬,花了五年的時間為他們打造的鎮魂歌雖然不無缺點,但卻帶了十足的誠意。包括請來《色戒》的美術李寶琳、《後宮甄嬛傳》的服裝指導陳同勛以戲劇重現的方式帶入紀錄片裡的描述。紀錄片充實的訴盡霧峰林家的華麗與滄桑,但也點出台灣電影產業的嚴重缺才問題:現今的台灣沒有人會做清朝的戲服和佈景。

《一首搖滾上月球》:這是我人生讓我哭的最慘的紀錄片前五名的佳作,講述一個由六名罕見疾病兒童的家長所組成的樂團“睏熊霸”如何站上海洋音樂祭的故事。表面的勵志故事底下卻點出了台灣社會的許多問題,例如政府對罕見疾病的補助與支援、家庭的觀念等等。不過這部電影裡并沒有採取一種自怨自艾的態度處理可以很沈重的題材,反而是以愛與希望等主題帶著觀眾進入六名睏熊霸團員的生活裡。

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