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Rebels of the Neon God (1992)

Qing shao nian nuo zha (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 4 August 1994 (Netherlands)
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Within the urban gloom of Taipei, four youths face alienation, loneliness, and moments of existential crisis amidst a series of minor crimes.

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Ming-liang Tsai

Writer:

Ming-liang Tsai
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chao-jung Chen ... Ah Tze
Chang-Bin Jen Chang-Bin Jen ... Ah Bing
Kang-sheng Lee ... Hsiao-Kang
Yi-Ching Lu ... Mother (as Hsiao-Ling Lu)
Tien Miao ... Father
Yu-Wen Wang ... Ah Kuei
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Storyline

Defying his parents, Hsiao Kang drops out of the local crammer to head for the bright lights of downtown Taipei. He falls in with Ah Tze, a pretty hood and their relationships is a confused mixture of hero-worship and rivalry that soon leads to trouble. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

4 August 1994 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Teenage Norcha See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei, Taiwan

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,791

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,791
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When picking up his son from school, Hsiao Kang's father says that his son's name is "Lee Kang-Sheng". This is the name of the actor, not the character, Hsiao Kang. See more »

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[first lines]
Mother: What on earth happened? You are all bloody. What happened?
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Strangers in the night
4 August 2006 | by cwxSee all my reviews

In his first film, international "arty" director Tsai Ming-liang tells what is apparently, for him, a fairly accessible tale about two fake thugs, the sometimes-girlfriend of one of them, and a younger teenager who has a strange preoccupation with the three of them. He does so largely with long, one-take, unmoving shots (when the action moves into the background, the camera usually doesn't follow). It's not always easy to understand the relationship between these various characters, which is just as well, as it is pretty languid and obscure in general; teasing out the nuances of these relationships was my main source of interest while watching this film. Overall, it seems to be worth a try, but not worth a recommendation. I got a generally positive impression from it (meaning that it didn't just totally irritate me), but it didn't provoke a strong visceral aesthetic appreciation (that's a little paradoxical I guess) that I get from my favorite "art films." I'm tempted to watch one of Tsai's later, "better-known" (relatively speaking) films, but I'm not sure that I'm that enamored with his visual style or his style of storytelling (as opposed to, say, that of Wong Kar-Wai).


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