East Asian Cinemas Symposium & Series: "Double Vision"
Fri, February 19, 2010 • 2:00 PM • WEL 2.256
"Double Vision" (Shuang tong, dir. Chen Kuo-fu, TAIWAN / HONG KONG, 2002
Directed by former critic Chen Kuo-fu, Shuang Tong (Double Vision) is a Taiwanese effort at combining various aspects of the crime and horror genres with the excitement of martial arts. Led by detective Li Feng-po (Leon Dai), a group of detectives use physical violence to get a confession from a suspected criminal. Meanwhile, several murders are occuring--a business man is found drowned in his office; a politicians mistress Chiang Hui-hui) is burnt to death in her apartment, and an American clerk (Geo Gerstein) is eviscerated in his own church. Without a background in finding serial killers, the Taiwan authorties see fit to call the FBI. Agent Kevin Richter (David Morse) teams up with foreign affairs officer Huang Huo-tu (Tony Leung Kar-fai), and the pair sets off on a surreal trail which leads them through psychedelic fungus and a strange Taoist cult fun by former-businessmen. Eventually, Huang's (Leung Kar-fai) own inner demons are exposed and turned against him in a violent conclusion.
The film series (Fridays, Feb. 5th through March 5th) is part of the upcoming two-day East Asian Cinemas Symposium (March 6th and 7th) bringing together scholars working on the national cinemas of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
All films subtitled and all events free and open to the public.