18th Taipei Film Festival

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1. The Tenants Downstairs (2016)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A sadisitic landlord manipulates the lives of his tenants through a network of surveillance cameras installed throughout the building.

Director: Adam Tsuei | Stars: Simon Yam, Yu-Wei Shao, Xing Li, Kang-sheng Lee

Votes: 932

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2. Three (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

71 Metascore

Realizing that he will be defeated in no time during a police showdown, a thug shoots himself to force the cops to cease fire and take him to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Wei Zhao, Louis Koo, Kathy Wu, Wallace Chung

Votes: 1,560 | Gross: $0.07M


3. The Wounded Angel (2016)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

Four loosely connected stories set in a small town in Kazakhstan at the beginning of the 90s, a time of transition from the Soviet era to a new state with emotional and economic depression.... See full summary »

Director: Emir Baigazin | Stars: Omar Adilov, Timur Aidarbekov, Madiyar Aripbay, Anzara Barlykova

Votes: 195


4. Sand Storm (2016)

87 min | Drama

74 Metascore

When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

Director: Elite Zexer | Stars: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Al Akel

Votes: 2,448 | Gross: $0.08M


5. Paradise (2015)

100 min | Drama

The 25 years old Hanieh lives in the household of her married sister in Tehran. Every day Hanieh travels long and tedious hours to get to the suburbs where she works as a teacher at a girls... See full summary »

Director: Sina Ataeian Dena | Stars: Roya Afshar, Dorna Dibaj, Hooshang Ghovanloo, Neda Jebraeili

Votes: 117


6. Les ogres (2015)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama

They go from town to town, a big top on their backs, their show over their shoulder. They bring dreams and disorder to our lives. They are ogres, giants. They've devoured the theater and ... See full summary »

Director: Léa Fehner | Stars: François Fehner, Marion Bouvarel, Marc Barbé, Adèle Haenel

Votes: 591


7. Keeper (2015)

95 min | Drama, Romance

The story of two teenagers that are about to have a baby. After deciding they will keep the baby, they have to deal with their parents and also with their everyday life.

Director: Guillaume Senez | Stars: Kacey Mottet Klein, Galatéa Bellugi, Laetitia Dosch, Catherine Salée

Votes: 394


8. Family Film (2015)

95 min | Drama

A couple embark on an early vacation. Left alone, their children cut loose until the boy gets caught for skipping school and things take an unexpected turn. Boasting exquisite camera work, ... See full summary »

Director: Olmo Omerzu | Stars: Daniel Kadlec, Jenovéfa Boková, Vanda Hybnerová, Karel Roden

Votes: 346


9. Don't Look at Me That Way (2015)

88 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Hedi is the new neighbor of Iva, who raises her daughter Sophia by herself. The two women start a love relationship and Iva is desperately in love. Suddenly Iva's father appears, to whom ... See full summary »

Director: Uisenma Borchu | Stars: Uisenma Borchu, Catrina Stemmer, Josef Bierbichler, Anne-Marie Weisz

Votes: 142


10. The Black Hen (2015)

90 min | Action, Drama, History

They are bonded, nonetheless, by friendship and affection for a hen, whose eggs just might make a difference to Prakash's impoverished family. When the boy's father sells the bird, the chums desperately attempt to raise funds in order to buy it back.

Director: Min Bahadur Bham | Stars: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla, Hansha Khadka

Votes: 465


11. As I Open My Eyes (2015)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Music

74 Metascore

A few months before the revolution in Tunisia, 18 year-old Farah has a passion for life and sings in a political rock band. Her mother, knowing the dangers of Tunisia, wants her to pursue a career as a doctor.

Director: Leyla Bouzid | Stars: Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari, Lassaad Jamoussi

Votes: 1,098 | Gross: $0.03M


12. Alone (2015)

90 min | Drama

It's broad daylight in a shantytown and a man witnesses a woman being murdered by masked men on the rooftop of a nearby building. He tries to surreptitiously take a photo the event but is ... See full summary »

Director: Hong-min Park | Stars: Ju-won Lee, You-hyun Song

Votes: 60


13. Hang in There, Kids! (2016)

90 min | Drama

In a secluded indigenous tribe, 3 kids who grew up in the mountains and the woods. They are all very optimistic, energetic and playful; yet, they are also troubled by their own family ... See full summary »

Director: Laha Mebow | Stars: Esther Huang, Buya Watan, Watan Silan, Suyan Pito

Votes: 46

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14. Two Idiots (2016)

98 min | Adventure, Comedy

Accidently hired by a private investigation firm, two young men are sent on a mission of collecting debt. When they finally get a 10-million-dollar check from the director of an orphanage, ... See full summary »

Director: Ming-cheng Huang | Stars: Hsin-Hao Hsieh, Aaron Chen, Tsu-Jun Lang, Wei-min Ying

Votes: 14


15. The Bride (2015)

88 min | Horror, Thriller

Han and Hao are about to get married soon when Hao picks up a strange red envelope on the street and then all hell breaks loose with a vengeful supernatural bride wreaking havoc on his life.

Director: Lingo Hsieh | Stars: Kang Ren Wu, Nikki Hsieh, Reina Ikehata, Vera Yen

Votes: 244


16. The Cat in the Closet (2016 TV Movie)

81 min | Drama, Family

The sudden death of their son prompts the couple to shut themselves up in their own worlds. The mother begins to spend more and more time feeding the stray cats on the street while the ... See full summary »

Director: Ying-Ting Tseng | Stars: Su-Yun Ko, Chung-Yueh Yun, Yi Ti Yao, Meng-Po Fu

Votes: 14


17. The Left Ear (2015)

120 min | Drama

Li, a shy girl with hearing loss in her left ear, musters the courage to express her love to Xe Ge, but Xe Ge starts dating Bala, until a tragic incident brings him and Li together.

Director: Alec Su | Stars: Duling Chen, Sichun Ma, Hao Ou, Yang Yang

Votes: 318


18. Maverick (2015)

114 min | Drama

Soon after a young police officer reports for duty, he is confronted with the unspoken rules. There are people who cannot be questioned and cases that cannot be further investigated. ... See full summary »

Director: Wen-tang Cheng | Stars: Chris Wang, Kaiser Chuang, Man-shu Jian, Gin Oy

Votes: 59


19. Our Times (2015)

134 min | Comedy, Romance

Love grows where it isn't expected in this endearing romantic comedy coming of age movie.

Director: Yu Shan Chen | Stars: Vivian Sung, Talu Wang, Dino Lee, Dewi Chien

Votes: 3,982 | Gross: $0.85M


20. The Tag-Along (2015)

93 min | Horror, Thriller

A story about a video of a group of people going hiking and a mysterious little girl in a red dress following them.

Director: Wei-Hao Cheng | Stars: Wei-Ning Hsu, River Huang, Yin-Shang Liu, Po-Chou Chang

Votes: 1,351


21. White Lies, Black Lies (2015)

94 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

Heads are lined up on the shelves one next to another, with different colors and hair styles, yet all the faces are cold and nonchalant. This is Rainbow Salon, a supplier of hair models and... See full summary »

Director: Yi-an Lou | Stars: Wei-Ning Hsu, Edison Wang, Annie Chen, Teng-Hui Huang

Votes: 295


22. City of Jade (2016)

99 min | Documentary

In the war-torn Kachin State in Myanmar, waves of poor workers flock to dig for jade, dreaming of getting rich overnight. The director, Midi Z, is the protagonist's youngest brother. Midi ... See full summary »

Director: Midi Z

Votes: 49

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23. Hebei Taipei (2015)

87 min | Documentary, Family, War

Li, a former soldier who's family broke apart during wartime, was born in Hebei Province in China. He joined the army since youth, never about any political beliefs, but to survive by ... See full summary »

Director: Nyssa Li

Votes: 17


24. The Moulin (2015)

160 min | Documentary, History

Taiwan's earliest modern poetry group-LE MOULIN-emerged in the 1930s, when Taiwan was under Japanese colonial rule. Part of the wave of modernist literature and avant garde thinking ... See full summary »

Director: Ya-li Huang | Star: Yu-Tien Ho

Votes: 69


25. Jin zhi xia mao (2015)

16 min | Documentary, Short

Without means to put down roots and settle, two migrant workers seek solutions on an island where anchorage is prohibited

Director: Wei Liang Chiang | Stars: Thi Thuy Lanh Nguyen, Quoc Huy Tran

Votes: 8


26. Barli Ais (2016)

31 min | Short, Family

Because father was a loser and mother left home, Yu-Hung worked harder and did many kinds of jobs to feed his younger sister and himself. One day, Yu-Hung went back home and saw his father ... See full summary »

Director: Kar Seng See


27. End of A Century: Miea's Story (2015)

21 min | Short, Drama

When the first western fashion magazine was imported to this oriental city a lot was changed, the value, the perspective, the core of life. Miea is a model. This is her story.

Director: Ko-shang Shen | Stars: Wei-Ning Hsu, Wen-Hsueh Lu, Peace Yang


28. Für Elise (2015)

25 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Ashin meets Elise at a night market. She looks like an innocent girl until she involves him in a mysterious game that consists in catching her. They run through the streets until she leads ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Ventura Roldan | Stars: Zai-Xing Zhang, Yi-He Chiu


29. Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon (2015)

15 min | Short, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

In Genghis Khan's last days, an encounter with a Wizard sends him to the Moon. Just as the Mediaeval anti-hero thinks he's made his greatest conquest, he finds himself on a spiritual quest, realizing the absurd clash between one man's need and the silence of the Universe.

Director: Kerry Yang | Stars: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, James Hong, Marcus Natividad, Daniel Juhn

Votes: 56


30. Nia's Door (2015)

26 min | Short, Drama

Nia travels far from her home, the Philippines, to Taiwan, to work as a family maid. Nia likes to keep to herself in her private room, where a door separates her from her employers. This ... See full summary »

Director: Kek Huat Lau | Stars: Vera Chen, Xuan-Fen Lin, Eliquence B. Young

Votes: 228


31. Spring Beauty (2015)

20 min | Short, Drama

"Spring Beauty " is the name of the heroine in a once very popular video game, and she always comes back to life if you just put in another coin right after you lose. A middle-aged man came... See full summary »

Director: Shih-Han Liao | Stars: Jem Chen, Vera Chen, Kaiser Chuang


32. Crash Testing (2015)

4 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A car crash test dummy records his fantasy and longing by a flip book, where the individual pictures in the book are the paintings from his face during the crash.

Director: Yuting Hsueh

Votes: 66


33. Sick Building Syndrome (2015)

4 min | Animation, Short

This is a city without memories, buildings are demolished and constructed simultaneously everywhere. Construction sites, advertising billboards, and all the skyscrapers make the city turn ... See full summary »

Directors: Chun-Tien Chen, Chen-Yu Yang


34. Ten Years (2015)

104 min | Drama

Five short films set in Hong Kong in the year 2025.

Directors: Jevons Au, Kiwi Chow, Zune Kwok, Ka-Leung Ng, Fei-Pang Wong | Stars: Brenda Chan, Cow Chan, Fun-Kei Chan, Kam Hei Chan

Votes: 1,009


35. Underground Fragrance (2015)

75 min | Drama

The lives of three people entwine in Beijing's Underground City.

Director: Peng Fei Song | Stars: Ze Ying, Wenjie Luo, Fuyu Zhao, Xiaohui Li

Votes: 94


36. I, Olga (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

"My verdict is : I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty." Those were the famous words of the 22-year-old mass murderer Olga Hepnarová, who in 1973 drove a truck into a group of innocent people in Prague.

Directors: Petr Kazda, Tomás Weinreb | Stars: Michalina Olszanska, Martin Pechlát, Klára Melísková, Marika Soposká

Votes: 1,888


37. Talvar (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An experienced investigator confronts several conflicting theories about the perpetrators of a violent double homicide.

Director: Meghna Gulzar | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Shah

Votes: 26,224 | Gross: $0.34M


38. Goat (2016)

R | 96 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of "brotherhood," tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.

Director: Andrew Neel | Stars: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty

Votes: 6,913 | Gross: $0.02M


39. Fourth Place (2015)

116 min | Drama, Sport

A former Asian Games record breaker and Olympic tryout, Kim Gwang-su, endures beatings, abuse, and constant ridicule from his swimming coach. To justify this abusive behavior, his coach ... See full summary »

Director: Ji-woo Jung | Stars: Ga-ram Jung, Hang-na Lee, Hae-Joon Park, Jae-Sang Yoo

Votes: 55


40. Black (III) (2015)

95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

A 15-year-old girl in a black gang in Brussels must choose between loyalty and love when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival gang. The city of Brussels, plagued by high rates of youth... See full summary »

Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah | Stars: Sanâa Alaoui, Martha Canga Antonio, Aboubakr Bensaihi, Sanaa Bourrasse

Votes: 3,595


41. The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

87 min | Documentary, Drama, War

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops ... See full summary »

Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue | Stars: Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor, Zulfu

Votes: 508


42. The Master (II) (2014)


A documentary about 'van vdo' , the vhs shop in 1990s the shop established the independent cinema scene for the audience by selling vhs of Indie American, European, Asian films. however, all of them is pirate and illegal.

Director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

Votes: 132


43. The Mobfathers (2016)

94 min | Comedy, Crime

When a gang boss is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he looks to two of his lieutenants to take over.

Director: Herman Yau | Stars: Chapman To, Gregory Wong, Philip Keung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 392


44. Much Ado About Nothing (2016)

94 min | Drama

Carefree college student Vicente ends up in a desperate fight for freedom when a well-connected friend falsely accuses him of a hit-and-run accident.

Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras | Stars: Agustín Silva, Paulina García, Daniel Alcaíno, Alejandro Goic

Votes: 534


45. Oyster Factory (2015)

145 min | Documentary

In the Japanese town of Ushimado, the shortage of labor is a serious problem due to its population's rapid decline. Traditionally, oyster shucking has been a job for local men and women, ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiro Sôda | Stars: Shinsuke Hirano, Koichi Watanabe, Yukiko Watanabe

Votes: 33


46. Super Citizen Ko (1995)

121 min | Drama

At an old age, a former political prisoner is determined to find out where his fellow sufferers have laid since their secret execution, while Taiwan embarks on a tumultuous path of democratization.

Director: Jen Wan | Stars: Chiu-Yen Chen, I-Chen Ko, Yang Lin, Ming-Ming Su

Votes: 172


47. The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

The story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.

Director: Lars Kraume | Stars: Rüdiger Klink, Burghart Klaußner, Andrej Kaminsky, Jörg Schüttauf

Votes: 3,660 | Gross: $0.28M


48. A Dragon Arrives! (2016)

105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A Dragon Arrives.

Director: Mani Haghighi | Stars: Amir Jadidi, Ehsan Goodarzi, Amir Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Nader Fallah

Votes: 1,735


49. After the Storm (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama