Chocolate Rap 巧克力重擊 [Film Screening]

Chocolate Rap 巧克力重擊 [Film Screening]

What time is it there? Taiwan as crossroads -- Taiwan Film Series

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
9:45 PM - 11:15 PM
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum

CHOCOLATE RAP    Taiwan   2009

PROD: Chien Li-fen. DIR/SCR/EDIT: Chi Y. Lee. CINE: Lawrence Schweich. CAST: Akio Chen, Chen Hsin-hung, Megan Lai, Huang Po-ching, Tong Jian-kong.

B-boys Choco and Pachinko dance with their heads on the ground and their feet in the air to get the attention of Ally, the classical pianist surfer girl downstairs. UCLA alum Chi Y. Lee’s film captures the kinetic and funky youth culture of contemporary Taiwan out of which have emerged world-class competitive hip-hop dancers. Do not try this at home!

Digital video, color, in Mandarin w/ English s/t, 84 min. 



UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with Taiwan Academy present a Taiwan film series:



(Feb. 15 to March 19, 2014; Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum)

A national cinema distinguishes itself by filmmakers and films, but also, of course, by its coherence around themes and fascinations. The cinema of Taiwan, with its own world-renowned auteurs and healthy spread of popular genres, offers a striking distinction that appears in many guises: the formulation of Taiwan as a locus of plurality, liminality, change, exchange, and other de-centering principles that construct the nation not so much as a place of foundations, but of negotiations.  In part, this is certainly a response to Taiwan’s national history, which also informs the national imaginary: an experience of massive migrations and multiple overlapping colonizations spanning many centuries, as well as economic shifts that have witnessed increasingly frenetic flows of capital and labor in recent years. Corresponding with paradigm shifts in scholarly thought about the reality and image of Taiwan in the world, this film series, featuring new and classic comedies, dramas, formally rigorous art films and historical epics, offers visions of a nation acting not only as an origin or a destination, but as a relay point or “hub” through which people, art, investment, technology and social change pass, undergoing creative adaptations and transformations. This vision in turn presents a rewarding insight into Taiwan’s image and self-image, and accounts for much of the beauty and dynamism of its cinematic output. We are pleased to offer this eclectic selection, magnifying all of these themes. 


Curated by Robert Chi and Shannon Kelley, this film series is part of the “Spotlight Taiwan” program at the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, with financial support from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture. 


Special thanks to: Susan Pertel Jain—UCLA; Benjamin Chi—Taiwan Academy; Teresa Huang—Chinese Taipei Film Archive; Jennifer Jao; Ivy Chang—Taipei Film Commission; Enga Chang—Central Motion Picture Corporation.


Thanks to: Dennis Lo, Chang Chuti. 

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies