Taiwan Film Festival

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Human Comedy


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THE HUMAN COMEDY
人間喜劇
Renjian Xiju

Directed by Hung Hung
導演 鴻鴻
(2001)

Departed stylistically from the longtake, deepfocus norm of Taiwanese New Cinema, The Human Comedy brings the viewer much closer to the characters. A portrait of a postmodern Taiwan at century's beginning, this film weaves together four different story lines loosely based on anecdotes from The Book of 24 Filial Pieties, a classic compilation of Confucian moral fables. Through the comic shifts and contrasting visual styles of the four stories, presented in seven interrelated episodes, viewers are afforded glimpses into the disintegrating social bonds of a traditional society in transition.

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