The Great Buddha +


Director & Writer: HUANG, Hsin-Yao Cast: CHUANG, Cres / CHEN, Bamboo/ DAI, Leon

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.

Humor, a perennial scarcity in the self-serious world of art-house cinema, is in pleasingly abundant supply in Taiwanese director Huang Hsin-yao’s The Great Buddha+
— Jordan Cronk, Film Comment


1/26/2018  VANCOUVER Vancity Theater

1/26/2018  SAN FRANCISCO 4 Star Theater

2/6/2018    LOS ANGELES Acropolis Cinema

2/9/2018    CHICAGO Facets Cinémathèque

2/16/2018    SANTA FE Jean Cocteau Cinema

2/20/2018  ALBUQUERQUE Guild Cinema

2/25, 3/1 /2018 PORTLAND International Film Festival

3/2/2018     PITTSBURGH Regent Square

3/8,9,17/2018 HOUSTON The Museum of Fine Arts

3/14/2018  WINCHESTER Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

4/3, 4/2018 NEW YORK  New Directors New Films

4/5/2018   CHICAGO Asian Pop Cinema

4/20/2018 EAST LANSING Michigan State University

5/25/2018 NORMAL Normal Theater

9/21/2018 WASHINGTON DC Freer and Sackler Galleries


Winner, NETPAC, Toronto International Film Festival

5 wins, 10 nominations, Taiwan Golden Horse Awards

Palm Springs International Film Festival

New Directors New Films

Vancouver International Film Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival

Hawaii International Film Festival

5 wins including Best Picture, Taipei Film Awards

Tokyo International Film Festival

Busan International Film Festival

Singapore International Film Festival

Hong Kong Film Awards

Asian Film Awards

Portland International Film Festival




Sporting an ingeniously cinematic concept that’s nimbly executed by writer-director Huang Hsin-yao and producer-DP Chung Mong-hong, this ballad of sad losers mixed with satire on parochial politics is convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment..
— Maggie Lee, Variety
...the most important film from Taiwan since Yi Yi.
— Look Chi Man, HK01
...brought comic relief to the sometimes grim subjects.
— Aurélie Godet, Cinema Scope
The Great Buddha + elevates into becoming a poignant portrait of the human spirit.
— Kamran Ahmed, Next Projection
...a formally inventive, socially conscious, perceptive, and most important of all, humorous work of art. Huang’s tragic-comic vision is definitely one of the most exciting things from Asian cinema this year.
— I-Lin Liu, Asian Film Vault