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The Great Buddha+

  • Directed by Hsin-yao Huang
  • Taiwan, 2017, 104 mins., Taiwanese/Mandarin

Two working-class friends discover the dark secret of their millionaire boss in this black comedy about class status and corruption. Belly Button, a junk collector, usually drops by to hang out and watch TV during security guard Pickle’s dull night shifts at a factory that produces giant Buddha statues. When the TV breaks down, they decide to watch the stored footage from the dash cam in the boss’s car. The color clips give them an amusing glimpse of a decadent world of women and shady business, but then they see a little more than they should in their black and white world. Winner of six awards at the Taipei Film Festival, including Best New Director and Screenplay. In Taiwanese and Mandarin with English subtitles.

Filmography: A-li 88 (2012), Taivalu (2010)

Reviews: Variety, Cinema Scope