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U.K. film festival opens, featuring Taiwanese films, VR pop-up cinema

2019/04/04 16:58:19

Tsai Min-Liang (蔡明亮, second right) / Photo courtesy of the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K.

London, April 3 (CNA) A film festival kicked off Wednesday in London, featuring a classic Taiwanese martial arts movie, a virtual reality (VR) pop-up cinema and other Taiwanese films on a variety of topics, according to the festival organizer, Film Taiwan.

The Taiwan Film Festival U.K. (TFF) opened with the 1967 martial arts film "Dragon Inn," which was digitally restored in 2013, Film Taiwan said.

Acclaimed as "one of the greatest swordplay films of all time" by the festival organizer, the film is a classic in the martial arts genre and inspired a number of filmmakers, such as director Tsai Min-Liang (蔡明亮) with his film "Goodbye Dragon Inn."

The TFF opening gala took place in a VR pop-up cinema at Asia House in central London, Film Taiwan said.

The pop-up cinema was a scene reconstruction of 2017's "The Deserted," directed by Tsai, and will be used for the film's U.K. premiere during the festival.

"The Deserted" is a feature-length virtual reality film that tells a surreal story of a sick man living in a ruined house with two ghosts and a fish, the festival organizer said.

Other films in the festival's program include the LGBT film "Small Talk," the documentary film "Father" about Taiwanese traditional puppetry and a selection of short documentaries about Taiwan's ongoing indigenous movement, which started in the late 1980s in protest against the storing of nuclear waste on Taiwan's Orchid Island, according to the festival's website.

The festival, which will run through April 14, "showcases the talented and distinct cinematic voice of Taiwan" and "pays tribute to Taiwan's cinematic culture and industry," the festival's curator, Chen Hui-mi (陳繪彌), told CNA.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Chi Jo-yao)