In a special collaboration with the Kaohsiung Film Festival, Reel Asian presents four award-winning short films about family relationships and finding love in the age of artificial intelligence. Pulse of Taiwan marks the inaugural programming exchange between the Kaohsiung Film Festival and Reel Asian, whose own selected shorts program screened earlier in October.
LOVE AFTER TIME 愛在世界末日
TSAI Tsung-Han • Taiwan • 14:12 • Mandarin with English subtitles • North American Premiere
On a nuclearly ravaged island, an Enforcer ordered to keep the enslaved citizens under control chases a mutant woman who steals food under his watch.
TSAI Tsung-Han was a director alumnus at the Golden Horse Film Academy, helmed by the esteemed autuer Hou Hsiao-Hsien. His first feature film screenplay, Winds of September won numerous awards. Love After Time is Tsung-Han’s second short film and is touring in film festivals.
THE BOSS 老大
Evan WU • Taiwan • 24:46 • Mandarin with English subtitles • North American Premiere
Chung has being taking care of “The Boss” – his intellectually disabled brother – for decades, but now an opportunity has come up for The Boss to finally live a life independent from him. Is Chung ready for the change?
Evan WU believes in humanity and constantly observing human nature. The Boss is based on his real life story.
100th BIRTHDAY WISH 小孩不在家
Chien-Hung LIEN • Taiwan • 19:56 • Mandarin with English subtitles • North American Premiere
Today is Granny’s 100th birthday, so her family decides to hold a grand birthday party for her. They prepare a lively celebration including a street wide banquet and lion dance performances. But Granny’s true birthday wish is different than everyone expects.
Chien-Hung LIEN graduated from his Masters’ Program in the Department of Radio, Television and Film, Shih Hsin University. The themes of his works mainly focus on the emotional problems of people living in the contemporary world, and also by expressing concerns for social issues, he brings touches of humor and absurd narrative filming styles into each storytelling.
BABES’ NOT ALONE 亮亮與噴子
Jovi Lee Yi-shan • Taiwan • 25:56 • Mandarin with English subtitles • North American Premiere
When Liang’s mother forces her to babysit on her birthday, she is not too happy. Adding the the fact that she has a date with her boyfriend, the situation requires a serious plan of action.
Jovi Lee Yi-shan graduated from National Taiwan University of Arts, Department of Radio & Television – Master Program in Applied Media Arts. She was the winner of Best Film Editing for The 49th Golden Bell Awards.