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Rebels of the Neon God
     

Rebels of the Neon God

Director: Tsai Ming-Liang, Chen Chao-Jung, Jen Chang-ben, Lee Kang-Sheng

Cast: Tsai Ming-Liang, Chen Chao-Jung, Jen Chang-ben, Lee Kang-Sheng

 
Hsiao Kang is a cab driver's son, driven to study by his parents, who are ambitious for him to go to college. One day, the family cab is vandalized by some kids on motorbikes while Hsiao Kang is watching. One day, he recognizes the culprits, and drops out of his college preparatory after-school cramming sessions to pursue them and get revenge. The vandals are Ah-tzu,

Overview

Hsiao Kang is a cab driver's son, driven to study by his parents, who are ambitious for him to go to college. One day, the family cab is vandalized by some kids on motorbikes while Hsiao Kang is watching. One day, he recognizes the culprits, and drops out of his college preparatory after-school cramming sessions to pursue them and get revenge. The vandals are Ah-tzu, with a permanently flooded apartment, and his brother Ah-bing and Ah-bing's girlfriend Ah Kuei. They are petty thieves of telephone boxes and computer parts. The seedy side of Taipei which is favored by teen rebels is well-screened in this action drama, and might almost qualify as a fifth character.

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Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang's singular aesthetic seems to have already been fully formed in this, his first feature. A brooding, mordantly comic meditation on familiar Tsai themes of urban alienation, the fracturing of the nuclear family, and the difficulty of connection, Rebels of the Neon God establishes the austere cinematic language that would recur in his later films. Centering on the misadventures of two petty thieves (Chen Chao-jung and Jen Chang-bin), the movie offers a somber snapshot of the state of Taiwanese youth, depicted here as hopelessly dissolute and addicted to fleeting distractions -- in this instance, the narcotizing lure of arcade games. Tsai alter ego Lee Kang-sheng, who has starred in every one of the director's features, plays Hsiao-Kang, a student who becomes obsessed with the thieves and drops out of school to follow them around. His motives never explained, Hsiao-Kang ultimately visits retribution on one of the thieves, engineering a comeuppance that is at once satisfying and poignant. The movie bears all the hallmarks of a Tsai movie: dilapidated interiors, a minimum of dialogue, and the symbolic omnipresence of water. Perhaps more maudlin and less rigorous than Tsai's other movies, Rebels of the Neon God nonetheless offers a compelling introduction to his distinctive world view.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2003
UPC:
0720917534824
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:46:00

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Side #1 --
1. The Rebels [2:55]
2. Hsiao Kang [1:20]
3. Ah Tze [4:20]
4. Drop Out [2:59]
5. Ah Kuei [4:31]
6. Father & Son [5:22]
7. Rituals [6:54]
8. The Date [5:44]
9. A Long Night [6:18]
10. The Motel [2:53]
11. A Gun [2:57]
12. Following [2:32]
13. Break-In [1:57]
14. Father & Son [6:20]
15. Fight [6:27]
16. Ah Tze's Bike [1:43]
17. Kicked Out [3:06]
18. Arcade [3:32]
19. Vandal [3:10]
20. The Offer [2:47]
21. Set Up [4:26]
22. On the Run [4:57]
23. Unlucky [6:59]
24. Dial a Date [7:29]

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