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Film Screening: Super Citizen Ko [超級大國民] and Q&A with Director Wan Jen 萬仁

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Super Citizen Ko Poster

Super Citizen Ko

Speaker: Director Wan Jen 萬仁

Date: 28 July 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 28 July 2014Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: KLT

Type of Event: Film

Series: Taiwan Film Screenings (Understanding Taiwan Through Film and Documentaries)

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He made his debut The Taste of Apple in the landmark work The Sandwich Man (1983) with Hou Hsiao-hisen and Zeng Chuang-hsiang. This short film is based on Huang Chun-ming&#8217;s novel that satirises the US imperialist influences in Taiwan and the local fascination with American culture in the late 60s. Since his first film, Wan Jen has consistently explored Taiwan&#8217;s social problems and political issues. His works have always been politically sensitive and critical about the impacts of industrialization and political corruption, and have been powerful in challenging how the past is presented and whose story is told.</p><div class="rx_ephox_inlinevariantmedia" contenteditable="false" inlinetype="rxvariant" rxinlineslot="105" rxselectedtext="" sys_dependentid="93778" sys_dependentvariantid="1165" sys_folderid="51770" sys_relationshipid="1250678" unselectable="on"><img alt="Director Wan Jen" contenteditable="false" height="317" src="https://cms.soas.ac.uk:443/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=93778&amp;sys_revision=2&amp;sys_folderid=51770&amp;sys_context=0&amp;sys_variantid=1548&amp;sys_authtype=0&amp;sys_command=edit" unselectable="on" width="485" /> <p contenteditable="false" unselectable="on">Director Wan Jen</p></div><h4>Filmography</h4><p>&#8226; 2014 It Takes Two to Tango [&#36554;&#25340; ]<br />&#8226; 2001 Puppet Angel [&#20608;&#20769;&#22825;&#20351;]<br />&#8226; 1998 Connection by Fate [&#36229;&#32026;&#20844;&#27665;]<br />&#8226; 1995 Super Citizen Ko [&#36229;&#32026;&#22823;&#22283;&#27665;]<br />&#8226; 1991 The Story of Taipei Women [&#33005;&#33026;]<br />&#8226; 1987 Farewell to the Channel [&#24796;&#21029;&#28023;&#23736;]<br />&#8226; 1985 Super Citizen [&#36229;&#32026;&#24066;&#27665;]<br />&#8226; 1984 Ah Fei &#160;[&#27833;&#40635;&#33756;&#31869;]<br />&#8226; 1983 The Sandwich man [&#20818;&#23376;&#30340;&#22823;&#29609;&#20598;] &#8211; The Taste of Apple [&#34315;&#26524;&#30340;&#28363;&#21619;]</p><h4>Drama Series</h4><p>&#8226; The War of Betrayal 1895[&#20098;&#19990;&#35946;&#38272;] (PTS drama series, 20 episodes) (2007)<br />&#8226; Dana Sakura [&#39080;&#20013;&#32203;&#27387;: &#38695;&#31038;&#20107;&#20214;] (PTS drama series, 20 episodes) (2004)</p><p><b><i>Although the event is open to the public and free to all it is recommended that you contact Niki Alsford (na29@soas.ac.uk) if you plan to attend.</i></b></p><p><b><i>Sponsor: The Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentary Screening Series is supported by the Ministry of Culture&#8217;s Spotlight Taiwan Programme. Special Thanks to Dr. Samuel Yin for his generous support to the Spotlight Taiwan Programme.</i></b></p></div>

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: na29@soas.ac.uk