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The Three Young Musketeers Chen, Lin, Wu: Filmmaker. Taiwan Contemporary Artists Bach once said that music is the universal language that everyone can understand despite the language barrier. That statement is half true; it excludes other artful commodities, such as paintings, films, sculptures, architectures as well as other pieces of art. It is through the avenue of art that artists express what they have to say and to the effect that is magnitudes greater than they could have if they had done so orally or on paper. Taiwan, one of the four tigers in the mid-20 th century in Southeast Asia, has been growing rapidly within the past half century. However, due to its explosive growth, many social issues arose and often left unsolved. Three of Taiwan’s most prominent young directors, actually it would be more suitable to call them artists, set out to attempt to present to the world few of the many problems in the Taiwanese society. All three of these artists are under the age of 50 and already they have made critically-acclaimed films addressing the social issues. The issues are not problems one would normally find on nightly news or affect a great portion of the population; rather, they are problems that are directed to such a small portion of the community that they are often ignored and shoved aside by the general public. The first of the three artists, Chen Chieh-Jen, addresses the social economical issue in foreign factories leaving their peripheral factories in Taiwan behind and all of their workers jobless and nowhere to go without an advanced notice or even compensation plans. In his work, Factory , Chen utilized silent film making style to illustrate the anger and frustration that cannot be heard by the people that are responsible for this problem. The next two artists used films to address the same issue. Lin Hsia-Fang and Wu Ping-Hai wanted to present to the society that has been an issue that is often ignored but even more so looked down upon by the people of Taiwan: Han Hu Prof Chen Chinese 156
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the problem of foreign brides in Taiwan. Lin filmed the documentary Foreign Brides in Meinung in Meinung, Taiwan. Meinung is a rural area that is home to many farmers that are looked down upon by local women and must reach out to foreign countries to find the companionship that they seek. Wu’s movie, Shieh Ting and Her Songs , depicts the the story of a foreign bride from foreign China and the high hope and hardships she had to endure from being a social outlier in a new land. The three directors have very contrasting styles and illustrate their points in very different ways, but their underlying purposes are the same: to show and educate the social subjects of concern that is often ignored by the media and thus by the general mass that deserve more attention. In the first part of the paper, there will be a brief introduction to the each artist’s biography, leading them to their works in each artist’s respective subject. A detailed analysis of their
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2008 for the course CHINESE 156 taught by Professor Hanhu during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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