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The Taiwan Oyster -- Two Ex-Pat Kindergarten teachers in Taiwan embark on a quixotic odyssey to bury a fellow countryman.


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Mark Jarrett (writer)
Jordan Heimer (co-writer)
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8 October 2013 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Billy Harvey ... Simon
Jeff Palmiotti ... Darin
Leonora Lim-Moore ... Nikita (as Leonora Lim)
Erin King ... Mike Fink
Fu-Kuei Huang ... Mr. Chen
Chia-Ying Kuo ... Mrs. Chen
Joseph Shu ... Moulder
Sean Scanlan ... Barrie the Bull
Will Mounger ... Jedidiah Jonas Williams
Jimi Moe ... Paul
Hai-sen Ni ... Teacher Jerry
Eva Liao ... Jane
Michael Jian ... Tony
Catherine Li ... Jane's Mom
Magnus von Platen ... guy in the park with Mike Fink
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Bloodworth ... DJ Falstaff
Zi-Ning Chou ... Darin's Lady Friend 1
Bin-he Feng ... Morgue Clerk
Jore Liu ... Waitress at tea shop
Che-Lun Ou ... Fighting Couple
Dean Sung ... Guy at the morgue
Wei-Jyun Tao ... Security Guard
Klairinette Wu ... Darin's Lady Friend 2

Directed by
Mark Jarrett 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jordan Heimer  co-writer
Mark Jarrett  writer
Mitchell Jarrett  co-writer

Produced by
Chris Cochran .... co-executive producer
Ryan Emanuel .... co-executive producer
Evan Fleischer .... producer
Daniel Griffith .... executive producer
Trey Harrell .... executive producer
Scott Hart .... assistant producer
Beverly Higgins .... associate producer
Mark Jarrett .... producer
Mitchell Jarrett .... producer
Paul Knaus .... producer
Ben Link .... co-executive producer
Pin-Chun Liu .... line producer: Taiwan
Pin-Chun Liu .... producer
Ragen Marsh .... executive producer
Walker Mcdaniel .... executive producer
Gilbert Miller .... executive producer
Leonie Sanderson .... associate producer
Anish Savjani .... producer
Puck Tsai .... producer
Original Music by
Dylan Jones 
Cinematography by
Mike Simpson 
Film Editing by
Ron Dulin 
Production Design by
Mitchell Jarrett 
Makeup Department
Catherine Li .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Che-Lun Ou .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chris Bilheimer .... graphic design
Yi-fan Chen .... property master
Alex Davis-Lawrence .... additional graphic designer
Jore Liu .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Eric Friend .... dialogue editor
Lyman Hardy .... re-recording mixer
Lyman Hardy .... sound effects editor
Martin Pedersen .... sound mixer
Yi-Sing Chang .... assistant stunt coordinator
Ching-Hsin Lu .... stunt coordinator
Will Mounger .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bread Chen .... data tech
Edith Cheng .... assistant camera
Edith Cheng .... first assistant camera
Joy Chiang .... camera operator
David Zachary Heine .... b unit cinematographer: US (as Zachary Heine)
Ai-Lun Huang .... camera operator (as Bibo Huang)
Dean Sung .... second assistant camera
Ming Wang .... camera operator
Casting Department
Chiung-Wen Chang .... casting: Taiwan
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ian Chiang .... costumer
Editorial Department
Alex Davis-Lawrence .... assistant editor
Parke Gregg .... on-line editor
Joe Malina .... colorist
Austin Reedy .... additional editor
Allison Turrell .... post-production producer
Morgan Wajda-Levie .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Peter Brown .... location scout
Ro-chi Wu .... location scout
Music Department
Sean Byrne .... music supervisor
Dylan Jones .... composer: theme music
Lauren Mikus .... music supervisor (as Lauren Marie Mikus)
Dominique Preyer .... music supervisor: cue sheet
Scott Waters .... additional musician
Other crew
Chris Bilheimer .... titles
Kuan-Chou Chen .... production assistant
Hsin-wei Chio .... production assistant
Zi-Ning Chiou .... script supervisor
Rose Hung .... production assistant
Hsiang-Heng Kung .... production assistant
Jore Liu .... production assistant
Brandon Thomas .... end credits
Klarinette Wu .... production assistant

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100 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
A new favorite, I will own this film someday, 8 July 2013
Author: Sarah Clough Chambers from United States

I saw this film at a festival after seeing its breathtaking imagery in the trailer. i thought this film could be great. I didn't know what it was about, but it looked AMAZING. and it was. Mike Simpson's camera-work transports you to Taiwann, & you quickly fall in love with the tiny country. I love the shots of the stores, the people, their pets. It's a well-written, imaginative take on Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, & like in Faulkner, the protagonists are wayward, hopelessly flawed, stunted but ultimately endearing. It is a subtly funny and touching story. Not for people who want traditional romance or action, though it has those elements. Ever since I saw it, I just want to watch it again - for the colors, the music/sounds, and the characters. It is exquisite and nuanced with the mood and charm of Y Tu Mama Tambien. If this world is just (& we know it's not) this movie will win awards. I hope Mitchell Jarrett keeps working & this gets wider release. It deserves to be seen.

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