SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

TPNWCP Hou Chi-Jan Series: "Scissors and the Cat (剪刀找貓)" 7-Day Film Screening


Date: 26 October 2020Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 2 November 2020Time: 10:00 AM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Film Screening

*As part of the 2020 Taiwan Post-New Wave Cinema Project, we kindly ask that you register to view this film through Eventbrite.

Please Note: Due to licencing regulations we are required to prioritise audiences based in the UK for this film. As such, only those who have registered with a .uk email address will be provided with screening links.

Scissors and the Cat 1


The cat has disappeared in a night of torrential rain; they say if you point a pair of scissors to your doorstep and silently call the cat’s name, a mysterious force will lead your cat back. Half a world away, I silently call my cat’s name, and my memories take me across the waters of the underworld, as things I have lost in the past now stand before my eyes. As the scissors slice time open, can the cat find its way home?

Scissors and the Cat 2

Director Hou Chi-Jan

Hou Chi-Jan Profile

Director Hou’s career in film began with his first short, Stardust 15749001, which won the Grand Prize at the 2003 Taipei Film Festival. In 2005, his documentary feature Taiwan Black Movies was presented worldwide and nominated for Best Documentary at Golden Horse Awards. In 2010, HOU made his narrative feature debut, One Day, followed by When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep in 2012. His works often convey his reflection on time and memories. Ode to Time is his latest documentary feature.


Organiser: SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies

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Sponsor: Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute X Taiwan Docs X Taiwan Cinema Toolkit