The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful – October 24th, 7:30pm

Los Angeles premiere!

From the luxuriant quarters of a labyrinthine mansion and its lush, expansive grounds, three generations of women weave a web of corruption as one of Taiwan’s most powerful crime families. All of Taipei’s upper class—financiers, politicians, gangsters—seem to be in thrall to Madame Tang and her avaricious daughters who use an antiques business as a front for money laundering, bribery and blackmail. When a murder investigation cuts too close to home, however, the family’s secrets start to come undone in high cinematic style. After a five year hiatus writer-director Yang Ya-che (Girlfriend, Boyfriend) returned with this epic change of pace which won the Golden Horse Award for Best Picture while Hong Kong legend Kara Wai and newcomer, 14-year-old Vicky Chen, took home best actress and best supporting actress awards respectively, among the film’s seven nominations.

DCP. color, 112 min. Director/screenwriter: Yang Ya-che. Cast: Kara Wai, Wu Ke-xi, Vicky Chen. Part of: Taiwan Biennial Film Festival 2019

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