Introductory remarks by Ambassador Daniel T. C. Liao, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston
This coming-of-age charmer was a blockbuster in Taiwan in 2011. Adolescent Ko-Teng (Zhendong Ke) and his friends go through high school with a crush on honor student Shen Chia-Yi (Michelle Chen). Shen is chosen to tutor Ko, and when he begins to pursue Shen, she is hesitant. Eventually the two teens become a couple but are separated when they attend different colleges. Based on the director’s own best-selling, semi-autobiographical novel, the film remained at the top of the Taiwan box office for more than a month. This film contains sexual themes - viewer discretion is advised.
Ambassador Daniel T. C. Liao serves as director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston. Before coming to Houston, he held a variety of notable assignments abroad, including ambassadaor for the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Tuvalu, charge d'affairs to the Commonwealth of Dominica, and most recently director general for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle.
Join Karen Fang, member of the MFAH film committee and UH associate professor, for "A New Era in Taiwan Cinema: Cape No. 7 and You Are the Apple of My Eye" (in English) at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, at the Culture Center of Taipei (10303 West Office Drive, 713.789.4995).
Karen Fang is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston, where she teaches literature and film studies. She is the author of John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, about the breakthrough film of one of Hong Kong's best-known action directors, and she is currently at work on a book about surveillance and Hong Kong cinema.
Special thanks to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston (John Y. C. Chi, director, press division) and MFAH film committee member Karen Fang for programming assistance.
The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; the National Film Preservation Foundation; Franci and Jim Crane; James V. Derrick; Ms. Melanie Gray and Mr. Mark Wawro; and Lynn S. Wyatt.