Movies are arguably the most universal pastime enjoyed by people all over the world. From action flicks to sentimental dramas, films provide an escape from reality as well as a chance for people to immerse themselves in storytelling, the oldest form of entertainment known to mankind.
For a small country like Taiwan, whose limited resources have restricted its opportunities to produce big-budget action blockbusters, film productions have been resourceful and prolific. The country has slowly built up a forte in films that are driven by emotional plotlines and profound characters. Filmmaking legends like Ang Lee (李安), who directed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Hou Hsiao-Hsien (侯孝賢), whose 1988 classic A City of Sadness made #117 on the film critics' list of greatest movies ever made, have gained international repute for Taiwan’s prowess in storytelling.
While Lee and Hou are arguably the most acclaimed Taiwanese directors, there are other talented filmmakers whose works should be introduced to international film lovers. Following the revival of Taiwanese cinema at the hands of Wei Te-Sheng (魏德聖), films produced since 2009 have slowly but steadily become the international image of Taiwanese films. The following are our top four favorites.