Irish Film Institute -EAFFI 2018: THE GREAT BUDDHA+


Director: Hsin-Yao Huang

104 mins, Taiwan, 2017, Digital, Subtitled.

This film screened 7th April 2018.

Shot predominantly in black and white, multi-award-winning Hsin-Yao Huang’s delightful first feature is a tale of the poorest people of Taiwan illicitly peering into the colourful life of the rich, via the Mercedes dash-cam of the boss of Global, a factory which makes giant Buddha sculptures. Pickle works as a night security guard at the factory while during the day he plays in a band at funerals eking out a meager living. His best friend Belly Button works as a trash collector. They meet at night in the security room for late night snacks, chats and to watch TV, until one day the TV set breaks. Dark-humoured, witty and eccentric, this is bleak social satire.

Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard.

Screening as part of the East Asian Film Festival Ireland 2018. For full details of the festival, please visit

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