THE GREAT BUDDHA+ feature film

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THE GREAT BUDDHA+ feature film

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104 Minutes (feature)

Taiwan’s Entry for Best Foreign-Language Film at the 91st OSCARS®

Director & Writer: HUANG, Hsin-Yao, Cast: CHUANG, Cres / CHEN, Bamboo / DAI, Leon, Producers: YEH, Ju Feng / CHUNG, Mong-Hong

Underlining the gap between have-nots' lives and elites' world by switching between black and white and glamorous colors, THE GREAT BUDDHA+ vividly illustrates a corrupted village in rural southern Taiwan with memorable style, heartfelt empathy, and whimsical humor. Security guard Pickle and his trash collector friend Belly Button kill time together in night shifts watching the American-educated boss's dash-cam recordings of his various sexual encounters with women. Against the buddies’ will, something horrifying rather than erotic reveals.

Winner | Toronto International Film Festival, Taiwan Golden Horse Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards, Asian Film Awards

Official Selection | Palm Springs International Film Festival, New Directors New Films, Vancouver International Film Festival

"Best Directorial Debuts of 2018"
"Best Films of 2018"
-The Film Stage

"Top 10 Highest Rated Non-English Language 2018"
"Top 10 Ones to Watch 2018"
-Letterboxd Year in Review


“...the most important film from Taiwan since Yi Yi (Edward Yang).”

— Look Chi Man, HK01

“...the viewer is at once dismayed by the cruelty of this society & seduced by Mr. Huang’s smooth and witty style.”

— A.O.Scott, New York Times

“…a memorable debut from an uncompromising new voice in Taiwanese cinema.”

—James Marsh, South China Morning Post


“As savagely satirical as it is gorgeously surreal, “The Great Buddha+” is something else again — an outrageous, poignant punk Taiwanese black comedy marking the feature arrival of fresh filmmaking talent Huang Hsin-Yao.”

—Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

“An audacious and funny switch to features casting a sharp eye on social inequality... it will introduce many American cinephiles to a voice they'll hope to hear from again very soon.”

—John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

University of Southern California Q&A with Huang Hsin-Yao moderated by scholar Stanley Rosen

The Great Buddha+ New Directors New Films Q&A with Huang Hsin-Yao, moderated by programmer Dan Sullivan

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Available Format:

Digital File

High Quality 1080p mp4 file with Closed Captions

Spoken Languages: Mandarin Chinese, Minnan, English; Subtitles: English;

Not Rated, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (16:9 Widescreen)

Disclaimer: All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work reproduced are reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance, radio or TV broadcasting of the disc is prohibited.

Licensed by Cheng Cheng Films.