Rebels Of The Neon God

Rebels Of The Neon God Release Date: April 10, 2015

Tsai Ming-liang’s groundbreaking first feature, Rebels Of The Neon God, already includes a handful of elements familiar to fans of subsequent work: a deceptively spare style often branded “minimalist;” actor Lee Kang-sheng as the silent and sullen Hsiao-kang; copious amounts of water, whether pouring from the sky or bubbling up from a clogged drain; and enough urban anomie to ensure that even the subtle humor in evidence is tinged with pathos.

The loosely structured plot involves Hsiao-kang, a despondent cram school student, who becomes obsessed with young petty thief Ah-tze, after Ah-tze smashes the rearview mirror of a taxi driven by Hsiao-kang’s father. Hsiao-kang stalks Ah-tze and his buddy Ah-ping as they hang out in the film’s iconic arcade (featuring a telling poster of James Dean on the wall) and other locales around Taipei, and ultimately takes his revenge.

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Starring: Chao-jung ChenChang-bin JenKang-sheng LeeYi-Ching LuTien MiaoYu-Wen Wang
Genres: Drama
Directed By: Ming-liang Tsai
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: Big World Pictures
Total Box Office: 28.4 TH
MPAA Rating Unrated