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Taiwan Film Series: Taiwan after the Martial Law Period: Wan Jen's Super Citizen Ko (1994)

Date and Time

November 01, 2018, 5 pm


University of Zurich, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, RAA G-15, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich

The Film

The film narrates the political history of Taiwan over a period of 50 years,
following the imposition of martial law in 1947 and ‘The White Terror’. Suspected of being a leftist, KO spent around 30 years in prison, always worrying about the fate of his best friend CHEN executed in the 1950s. Soon after his release, KO goes in search of the truth and a part of himself. Only when he learns the truth is he able to pay his respects.

The Director
WAN Jen is one of the most influential directors in Taiwan’s New Wave Cinema of the 1980s. In his films, he has consistently explored Taiwan’s social problems and political issues and challenged how the past is presented and whose story is told.

Please note

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session and an Apéro riche.
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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies - Sinology