The Straits Times
Published on Oct 16, 2012

Taiwanese films these days are more audience-friendly


Today's Taiwanese films are not as "daring and bold" as those from the Taiwan New Wave movement in the 1980s, says film scholar and producer Peggy Chiao.

The 59-year-old will be in Singapore this weekend for a talk on Chinese cinema in the age of globalisation and a screening of historical drama Datong: The Great Society, which she executive-produced.

A key characteristic of the new wave movement was that it had a very strong historical viewpoint in films such as Hou Hsiao-hsien's A City Of Sadness (1989), which deals with the Kuomintang government's brutal crackdown on thousands of local Taiwanese in the late 1940s.

Of this Chiao says: "For people of our generation, our memories of history have been erased. Our parents are unwilling and afraid to discuss the past and our government does not encourage us to discuss our political reality.