There has been a long drought at the box office for locally made films. These have generally avoided popular genres or storytelling, leaving the business of theatrical entertainment to Hollywood and the occasional Hong Kong film. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) was a huge exception, though as an international blockbuster it does not quite count as truly Taiwan. As a Taiwan-born filmmaker, Ang Lee’s home-field advantage is not quite the same as a home-made film (guopian, or Chinese-language national picture). Another big success – breaking the $1 million mark – was Legend of the Sacred Stone (Sheng shi chuanshuo, 1999), a furious, flamboyant, costume epic, played to violent perfection by hand puppets.1 This feature, a martial arts fantasy, is a flashy sword and sorcery tale of Jacobean plotting and double crosses. Imagine Thunderbirds on speed (or betelnut) brandishing swords and flying daggers instead of spaceships.
|Title of host publication||Cinema Taiwan|
|Subtitle of host publication||Politics, Popularity and State of the Arts|
|Publisher||Routledge Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||12|
|ISBN (Print)||020396439X, 9780203964392|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Feb 2007|