Within the urban gloom of Taipei, four youths face alienation, loneliness, and moments of existential crisis amidst a series of minor crimes.


Ming-liang Tsai


Ming-liang Tsai
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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


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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Crime | Drama


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This film has a 100% rating based on 32 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Mother: What on earth happened? You are all bloody. What happened?
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Followed by Vive L'Amour (1994) See more »

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Rebel with a cause
9 April 2007 | by arnemyklestadSee all my reviews

On a more obvious level of multiple layers, a crucial, cultural point of significance seems lost in translation. As Rebels of the neon god comprise the sense of urban alienation, tradition and cultural adaptation, secularization, the decaying city and loss of identity, the original title translates literally Teenage Nezha. And as implied by his frustrated mother, the main character of Hsiao Kang bares resembling "qualities" to that of the rebel god, born into a human family and in constant opposition. While most reincarnations of Nezha grow additional limbs for the purpose of eradicating their father, Hsiao's idle hands become the playground for the prankster god. Sparked by an act of force, the two main plots of the film intertwine, and are further fueled by the returning violence. After their encounter in the arcade, Hsiao can be seen playing the same shoot-em-up as the one Ah Tze played while sitting next to him, symbolizing a change in character and the unraveling of the revenge. The directors returning use of water as ever-present, controlling element of nature, suppressing spaces of confined and human, primal behavior sets up a hierarchy of command in the metropolitan chaos of Taipei.

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Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

4 August 1994 (Netherlands) See more »

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Teenage Norcha See more »

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Taipei, Taiwan


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