TPNWCP Yang Ya-che Series 楊雅喆系列(II) - Taiwan in Transition 變遷中的台灣: "The Magician on the Skywalk 天橋上的魔術師" Ep.1-2 & "A Lease to Paradise 違章天堂" (3-Day Screening)

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12:00 am to 11:59 pm
Virtual Event

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The Magician on the Skywalk

Ten different stories of nine kids are tied together by their shared experience of growing up in the Chinese Shopping Mall and their encounter with a mysterious magician on the skywalk - an encounter that will change their life forever. The Magician on the Skywalk is arguably the first fantasy TV series in Taiwan, combining realist storytelling with a distinctly Taiwanese brand of fantasy.

Episode 1: 99th Floor

The young son of a shoe shop, Kiddie, is obsessed with a certain arcade game that involves nude visuals. One day, a tramp who claims that he is a magician sets up a stall in the shopping mall that houses Kiddie’s family shop, and a zebra pops out from the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Episode 2: The Paper Man

The magician’s stall happens to be right next to Kiddie on a skywalk between two malls where he peddles insoles. The little boy is deeply intrigued by an animated paper humanoid from the magician’s stall and, much to his mother’s wrath, ends up buying it with his precious earnings.

A Lease to Paradise

2002 37th Golden Bell Awards, Best Movie Director Award - Yang Ya-che

2002 37th Golden Bell Awards, Best Movie Actress Award - Hsieh Yue-hsiah

2002 37th Golden Bell Awards, Best Movie Screenplay Award - Yang Ya-che

2002 37th Golden Bell Awards, Best Movie Supporting Actor Nominee - Kao Chi Hung

In a tranquil fishing village, an old granny spends her lifetime savings on columbariums in the hope that the entire family can remain together in the afterlife, only to find that said columbarium has been ruled illegal and is set to be demolished. Against All odds, she begins to rally protests in order to protect her own imagined 'paradise.'

Director Yang Ya-che

Born in 1971, Director Yang Ya-che graduated from Tamkang University, Taiwan with a degree in Mass Communications. Alongside his directorial experience, Director Yang has previously worked as a production planner and screenwriter. Director Yang’s works have received numerous accolades, including the Golden Horse Award, Golden Bell Award and Taipei Film Festival awards.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: bc18@soas.ac.uk

Sponsor: Taiwan Ministry of Culture & Spotlight Taiwan