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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Taiwan Film Series: Taiwan's Lost Commercial Cinema: Recovered and Restored: Brother Wang and Brother Liu Tour Taiwan (1959)

Date and Time

May 14, 2019, starting 6 pm


Kino Stüssihof, Stüssihofstatt 13, 8001 Zürich

The Film

Tubby shoeshine man Brother Wang (Li Guanzhang) shares a room with his best friend, rickshaw driver Brother Liu (Shorty Cai / Zhang Fucai). A fortune teller predicts Wang will strike it rich in three days, but Liu will die in 44 days. When Wang wins the lottery three days later, their celebrations turn sour when they remember the other half of the prediction. Wang decides his buddy should have the trip of a lifetime before he dies, and they set off around their beautiful homeland, the island of Taiwan!

Please note

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session.
Registration required:


The event is co-organized by the Taiwan Studies Project and the Department of Chinese Studies (IAOS) at the University of Zurich.