Taipei Film Festival 2023
New York Asian Film festival 2023
Jeffrey Huang, Giddens Ko, Lu Wei-chun
Vivian Sung, Daniel Hong, Kai Ko, Ying Lang-feng, Emerson Tsai
Apprentice Fen (Vivian Sung, TAIPEI SUICIDE STORY), works tirelessly to become a full-fledged hairdresser at a dingy hair salon. One night, wounded Triad boss Tai (Hong Yu-Hong) storms in, desperate to hide from a rival gang. Fen manages to get him out of hot water, and soon becomes the gang’s dedicated stylist and protégée… and Tai’s number-one infatuation. Tai’s obsession with the hairdresser sends a wave through the gangster community and soon, every underling sports a new, ridiculous hairdo. As the pair get to know each other, one question remains hanging in the air like a hair in the soup: will the hairdresser and the gang boss learn to overcome their differences in the name of love?
Giddens Ko (MON MON MON MONSTERS, Fantasia 2017) returns to the festival with an ingenious genre hybrid, combining the Taiwanese Triad movie with the raunchy odd-couple comedy. Larger than life, zany, and consistently parodic of a number of genre tropes and Triad cinema mainstays, MISS SHAMPOO is a mad mélange of sensibilities not unlike that of MARRY MY DEAD BODY (also among this year’s selections). Pointing to a unique quality in contemporary Taiwanese comedies, Ko embraces the malleability of genres and tones — and the unique opportunities therein — to arrive at a comedy composed of clashing plotlines, mismatched milieus, and incongruous passions. Further proof of the filmmaker’s versatility following 2021’s reincarnation-themed fantasy film TILL WE MEET AGAIN, MISS SHAMPOO delights, like getting one’s hair soaped up! – Ariel Esteban Cayer
Imaginative, hilarious, and visually sumptuous, this madcap musical comedy is a must-see for filmgoers in search of daring and delightful cinema.
A new cabaret formula combining screenings of local and international short films, comedy acts and live performances.
Four desperate clowns (and one journalist) make their way through the Irish countryside after a freak electrical disaster in what may be the funniest (and only) clowns-and-catastrophe movie ever made.