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Yang Yang (Taiwan, 2009); Chocolate Rap (Taiwan, 2009)

Yang Yang (Taiwan, 2009)
March 19, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Yang Yang (Taiwan, 2009)

Directed by Cheng Yu-chieh

Twenty-year-old Yang Yang stands out in a crowd. A collegiate athlete turned fashion model, she’s a mixed race French-Taiwanese who is all too used to being fetishized, though she doesn’t speak a word of French. Her tenuous sense of self, as one who is often admired or desired but always somehow separate, leads her on a tortuous life’s path where identity, loyalty and direction are all thrown into question. 

Producer: Lee Khan. Screenwriter: Cheng Yu-chieh. Cinematographer: Jake Pollock. Editor: Liu Yue-xing. Cast: Sandrine Pinna, Bryant Chang, Huang Chien-wei, Her Sy-huoy, Lee Khan.

Digital video, color, in Mandarin and French with English subtitles, 112 min. 

Chocolate Rap (Taiwan, 2009)

Directed by Chi Y. Lee

B-boys Choco and Pachinko dance with their heads on the ground and their feet in the air to get the attention of Ally, the classical pianist surfer girl downstairs. UCLA alum Chi Y. Lee’s film captures the kinetic and funky youth culture of contemporary Taiwan out of which have emerged world-class competitive hip-hop dancers. Do not try this at home! 

Producer: Chien Li-fen. Screenwriter/Editor: Chi Y. Lee. Cinematographer: Lawrence Schweich. Cast: Akio Chen, Chen Hsin-hung, Megan Lai, Huang Po-ching, Tong Jian-kong.

Digital video, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 84 min.