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Film Review: Detention 返校 (2019) - Taiwan

Andrew Chan Detention Horror Movie Taiwanese film

Film Review: Detention 返校 (2019) - Taiwan

Detention 返校 (2019) - Taiwan Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   The hard won freedom of modern Taiwan should not be easily forgotten and the latest horror thriller uses the “White Terror” period of Taiwanese history as a backdrop to depict the true horrors of the period. The period of martial law lasted for more than 38 years and during this period of suppression, countless of Taiwanese people were tortured, imprisoned and killed. New Director John Hsu smartly interweaves the blurring of both genres, creepy high school location, dreamlike sequences and the horrors of the 1960s...

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Film Review: The Scoundrels 狂徒 (2018) - Taiwan

Andrew Chan Taiwanese film The Scoundrels

Film Review: The Scoundrels 狂徒 (2018) - Taiwan

The Scoundrels 狂徒 (2018) - Taiwan   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia) Debuted at Busan last year, “The Scoundrels” is new Taiwanese Director Hung Tzu-Hsuan feature debut. Action films are difficult to film, but Hung makes no excuses and time for any room for questioning as the audience are in for an adrenaline ride. Along the reigns of 80-90s Hong Kong gangsters and action movies and taking a leaf out of 70s American crime genre, this actioner impresses with its use of backstreet and alleyways in Kaohsiung to maximum effect. By the time, the film is over,...

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