SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

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

Super Citizen Ko Poster
Speaker: Director Wan Jen 萬仁

Date: 28 July 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 28 July 2014Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Film

Synopsis of Super Citizen Ko [超級大國民] (1995)

The background of the film is Taiwan's White Terror of the 1950s, told through the memories of an old man searching for his dead friend’s grave. This Taiwanese historical drama will be most meaningful to those familiar with the island's 20th-century politics, especially the severe impact of 'White Terror' period after the 228 Incident in 1947 and the ensuing imposition of martial law (1949-87). During this time, anyone suspected of any communist leanings at all was immediately imprisoned. This is the story of Mr. Ko, one such leftist who spent 16 years in jail and then 10 more years in a special nursing home. Through it all, Ko obsessively worries about the fate of his best friend Chen, who was executed in the 1950s. Their friendship and Chen's fate are all chronicled in flashback. Soon after his release, Ko begins looking for Chen and visiting old colleagues. It is then he learns the truth and is able to pay his respects. He also learns what happened to his wife and why his daughter is angry at him.

Super Citizen Ko
Super Citizen Ko

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Film Screening: Super Citizen Ko [超級大國民] and Q and A with Director Wan Jen 萬仁 - 28 July 2014


Director’s Bio

Wan Jen is one of the most influential directors in Taiwan’s New Wave Cinema in the 1980s. 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’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’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.

Director Wan Jen
Director Wan Jen


• 2014 It Takes Two to Tango [車拼 ]
• 2001 Puppet Angel [傀儡天使]
• 1998 Connection by Fate [超級公民]
• 1995 Super Citizen Ko [超級大國民]
• 1991 The Story of Taipei Women [胭脂]
• 1987 Farewell to the Channel [惜別海岸]
• 1985 Super Citizen [超級市民]
• 1984 Ah Fei  [油麻菜籽]
• 1983 The Sandwich man [兒子的大玩偶] – The Taste of Apple [蘋果的滋味]

Drama Series

• The War of Betrayal 1895[亂世豪門] (PTS drama series, 20 episodes) (2007)
• Dana Sakura [風中緋櫻: 霧社事件] (PTS drama series, 20 episodes) (2004)

Although the event is open to the public and free to all it is recommended that you contact Niki Alsford ( if you plan to attend.

Sponsor: The Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentary Screening Series is supported by the Ministry of Culture’s Spotlight Taiwan Programme. Special Thanks to Dr. Samuel Yin for his generous support to the Spotlight Taiwan Programme.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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