The Great Buddha+
Two working class friends discover the dark secret of their millionaire boss in this satirical comedy about class status and materialism.
Pickle is a night security guard at a Buddha statue factory owned by rich playboy Kevin. There, he is frequently visited by his best friend Belly Button, a recyclables collector, and together they endure the dull nightshift by watching television – until it gets broken one night. Hoping to find some drama, they stumble upon Kevin’s dashboard camera, where they find footages which contain their boss’ ugly secrets that will change their lives forever.
Mixing radiant black-and-white cinematography with colour footages from the dash cam, director Huang Hsin-Yao’s first feature film is a tragicomedy about the ironic making of contemporary Taiwanese society. The film’s deadpan humour is biting, fresh, and the collection of good-natured eccentrics at the heart of the story are as comical as they are brutal and real.
Cast & Credits
Huang Hsin-Yao was born in Tainan, Taiwan. His past works are all documentary films, including Bluffing (2005), Taivalu (2010) and Cloud Nation (2015), as well as the narrative short The Great Buddha (2014). The Great Buddha+ (2017) is his debut feature film, and is an expansion of an earlier short.
Yeh Jufeng, Chung Mong-Hong
Cres Chuang, Bamboo Chen, Leon Dai
• Taipei Grand Award, Taipei Film Festival 2017
• NETPAC Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2017
• In-competition, Golden Horse Awards 2017