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Rebels of the Neon God (1992)

Qing shao nian nuo zha (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 4 August 1994 (Netherlands)
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Within the urban gloom of Taipei, four youths face alienation, loneliness, and moments of existential crisis amidst a series of minor crimes.

Director:

Ming-liang Tsai

Writer:

Ming-liang Tsai
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chao-jung Chen ... Ah Tze
Chang-Bin Jen Chang-Bin Jen ... Ah Bing
Kang-sheng Lee ... Hsiao-Kang
Yi-Ching Lu ... Mother (as Hsiao-Ling Lu)
Tien Miao ... Father
Yu-Wen Wang ... Ah Kuei
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Storyline

Defying his parents, Hsiao Kang drops out of the local crammer to head for the bright lights of downtown Taipei. He falls in with Ah Tze, a pretty hood and their relationships is a confused mixture of hero-worship and rivalry that soon leads to trouble. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

4 August 1994 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Teenage Norcha See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei, Taiwan

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,791

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,791
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When picking up his son from school, Hsiao Kang's father says that his son's name is "Lee Kang-Sheng". This is the name of the actor, not the character, Hsiao Kang. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mother: What on earth happened? You are all bloody. What happened?
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Connections

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A new filmic language
5 February 2017 | by jvanhuys1988See all my reviews

The best film about the ironic alienation and loneliness in mega-cities ever made. There is no comparison to Rebels of a Neon God. It is unlike anything you've ever seen or will ever see. Upon careful analysis, it is almost impossible to discern even the basic foundations of a three/five act structure, like the classic act 1, plot point1, act 2 pt1, mid-point, act 2 pt2, plot point 2, act 3... all nowhere to be found.

Tsai Ming-Liang has created A NEW LANGUAGE of film making here.

An essential study for anyone willing to explore a radically different approach to film making. The only film I can think of comparing it to – in terms of creating a new language – is 'Persona' by Ingmar Bergman.

Bravo Tsai! Bravo


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