Rebels of the Neon God

Tsai Ming-Liang
青少年哪吒
1992
Taiwan
106

04 December / 18:30

04 Dec / 18:30

Mitchell & Kenyon Cinema Preston

Mitchell & Kenyon Cinema Preston

29 November / 19:15

29 Nov / 19:15

Summerhall Edinburgh

Summerhall Edinburgh

26 November / 14:30

26 Nov / 14:30

Hyde Park Picture House

Hyde Park Picture House

26 November / 12:30

26 Nov / 12:30

Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast

Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast

23 November / 18:00

23 Nov / 18:00

Showroom Sheffield

Showroom Sheffield

15 November / 18:00

15 Nov / 18:00

Broadway Nottingham

Broadway Nottingham

09 November / 18:00

09 Nov / 18:00

Lupino SR, University of Kent

Lupino SR, University of Kent

04 November / 15:30

04 Nov / 15:30

HOME Manchester

HOME Manchester

24 April / 18:00

24 Apr / 18:00

Prince Charles Cinema

Prince Charles Cinema

Director Tsai Ming-Liang’s debut feature is a masterful exploration of urban alienation and sexual malaise, widely regarded as one of the best Taiwanese films of all time. The parallel stories are about teenager Hsiao Kang, who feels stifled living at home with his parents, and petty thief Ah-Tze, the object of the teenager’s obsessive heroworship. One of the quintessential Taipei films, Rebels of the Neon God captures a transformative moment in the city’s history, as the decaying architecture of the nationalist era gives way to way to technological modernisation, video game arcades, and shiny new shopping malls. Foregrounding themes of queer desire, the film introduced cinemagoers to Tsai’s signature minimalist style, and to his muse, actor Lee Kang-Sheng, who has subsequently appeared in every film made by the director. 

Tsai Ming-Liang

Tsai Ming-Liang is a Malaysian-born Taiwanese filmmaker, widely considered one of the greatest living directors. Narrative and dialogue are often absent in his films, which are composed of slow and long takes, focusing on desire, emptiness and loneliness. His films have won numerous awards including at the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. 

Additional Information

Supported by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, and Westminster City Council.