Taiwan Stories: The New Cinema of the 1980s

Taiwan Stories: The New Cinema of the 1980s
Mubi's series Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and New Taiwanese Cinema is showing September - December, 2020 in the United States.Above: The TerrorizersSince the end of World War II there have been a great many new waves in world cinema, times when a structural breakdown of a nation’s film industry creates an opening for a new generation of filmmakers to break through to artistic, if not necessarily commercial, success. Beginning with Italy right after the war and running through England, France, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Iran, the United States and more from the 1950s through the 1970s, these waves, in many ways dissimilar and unique, shared a conscious opposition to then-dominant filmmaking styles and production approaches, countering a perceived glossy and superficial popular cinema with what they and the critics who championed them argued was a grittier, more real approach to filmmaking.Of the three Chinese-language new waves that
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