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The Great Buddha+

February 6, 2018

The Great Buddha+

(Dir. Huang Hsin-Yao, 2017)

Los Angeles premiere!
Winner of five Golden Horse Awards, including Best New Director!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Underlining the gap between have-nots' life and elites' world by switching between black and white and glamorous colors, The Great Buddha+ vividly illustrates a corrupted village in rural southern Taiwan with memorable style, heartfelt empathy, and whimsical humor.

Security  guard Pickle and his trash collector friend Belly Button kill time  together in night shifts watching the American-educated boss's dash-cam  recordings of his sexual encounters with numerous women. Against the  buddies' will, something horrifying rather than erotic reveals. (Cheng  Cheng Films)

A poignant portrait of the human spirit.

- Kamran Ahmed, Next Projection

Stunning... An instant classic of contemporary Taiwanese cinema.

- Shelly Kraicer, VIFF

The most important film from Taiwan since [Edward Yang's] Yi Yi.

- Look Chi Man, HK01

Convulsively  funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment...  Arguably the best film to emerge from a year of exciting resurgence in  Taiwan.

- Maggie Lee, Variety

An  extended, polite duel of veiled criticism exemplifies what Huang does  best: sit back and take pleasure in humans being both ingenious and  worthy of laughter.

- Aurélie Godet, Cinema Scope

(Available to download after screening date)

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