SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Two Film Screenings of (1) Affair of Three Cities and (2) Chaiwan Matchup and Q&A with Director Chung Chuan

Speaker: Director Chung Chuan

Date: 8 July 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 8 July 2016Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Film

SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies 2016 Summer School
Day Four
Fourth Event

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Synopsis - Affair of Three Cities (台北京之比賽)

The Affair of Three Cities: The Game

The three cities Taipei, Beijing and Tokyo have been related by their past, their present, and may also by their future.
The story begins in the summer of 2004, when the director recorded two baseball games in two cities across the Taiwan Strait. What is interesting is that the two teams both confronted the Japanese team. Though the results of the game were the same, the attitudes of them were totally different. In this documentary, the technique of comparison is used to present the problems between the two sides of the Straits. Also in this film, vagueness is presented in different times and spaces, and the story that unfolded in Tokyo gave witnesses to all the past conflicts.

Trailer Link: The Affair of Three Cities

Synopsis - The Chai-Wan Matchup (我們)
The Chai-Wan Matchup

In 2008, China hosted the Beijing Olympics and Taiwan held a presidential election. The sensitive issue of national identity between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait was again ignited. Taiwanese documentary filmmaker Chung Chuan, living in China for the last eight years, utilizes film art to connect Taiwanese at home, in Beijing, and in New York. What Taiwanese show as fervent love for their land is often interpreted by China as an act of terrorism. This is the story of TaiWAN and CHIna. This is The Chai-Wan Matchup.

At the centre of the story is a young Taiwanese generation without ties to any ancestral roots. They formed a Taiwanese cheer team, Taiwan Woo, with one cause – to love Taiwan. They travel the world to cheer on athletes competing abroad. The athletes’ successes are accompanied by this group of loud yellow shirt wearers, who eventually become an integral part of the game.

This movement became controversial during Taiwan’s 2008 presidential election, bringing them trouble in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics.

Trailer Link: The Chai-Wan Matchup

Speaker's Bio
Chung Chuan

Chung Chuan was born in Taiwan in 1979. He began his career in advertising in China in 2000. He was an Associate Art Director of Ogilvy One Interactive and Art Director of Y&R Wunderman China. He has won advertising awards from the New York Festival and the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. In 2003, Chung Chuan began his studies in documentary at the Beijing Film School. He was the recipient of a 2005 scholarship from Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and received his master's degree in 2006.

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