Tune in every Saturday to“Lights, Camera, Asia!” for a closer look at Asian history and culture through the medium of film. Each week, Jake Chen presents an Asian movie and explores the time and place in which it is based, offering a closer look at the elements that shape the region as we know it today.
We conclude our mini-series on Taiwan's gangster films by looking at a Gatao 2: Rise of New Kings. A hit at the box office and certainly a step forward in production quality, but the film falls short in delivering a meaningful plot or carrying any emotional weight.
Following up last week's episode, we look at Monga, the 2010 gangster film and explore the historical background behind it. More specifically, we look at the clash between people who came before the Chinese Civil War and those who came after. Technically both groups are of Han Chinese descent, but their cultural differences have been the cause of much frictions.
We continue to look at gangster films in Taiwan, and this week, we'll talk about "Monga". Released in 2010, it was the first gangster film that received mainstream acclaim and box office success. We look at the film's plot and try to find the elements that resonates with so many among the audience.
In this very first episode of "Lights, Camera, Asia!", we take a look at "Dust of Angels", a 1992 gangster film made in Taiwan. Through its raw and unfiltered lens, the film tackles many rising issues on the island, such as youth violence and the unequal distribution of resources in different areas.