Chao-jung Chen, Chang-Bin Jen, and Yu-Wen Wang in Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
Chao-jung Chen, Chang-Bin Jen, and Yu-Wen Wang in Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
Rebels of the Neon God (1992)

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Rebels of the Neon God

Tsai Ming-Liang | Taiwan | 1992 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 7 Jun 2023

Tsai’s confident first theatrical feature wallows in the listlessness of pre-millennial Taipei – brilliantly shot by career-long collaborator Liao Pen-Jung – but maintains a sly sense of humour as it follows a young dropout (played by Tsai’s lifelong muse Lee Kang-Sheng in only their second pairing) whose mother believes him to be the reincarnation of the unruly god Nezha. “No director since Fassbinder has [had] such insight into the lives of lost young men in crumbling inner cities… Brilliantly observed, with dialogue kept to a minimum, and as tender as a Lou Reed elegy.” (Tony Rayns).

Courtesy of the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute.

Format: DCP
Language: Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles
Source: Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute
Courtesy: Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute
Runtime: 106 mins

Event duration

106 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Of all the notable figures of to emerge in 1990s world cinema, few have developed a corpus of work as consistently transfixing and distinctive as that of Malaysian-Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-Liang (1957–). Born in Kuching, Sarawak, Tsai was largely raised by his cinephile grandparents, who would take him to the movies twice a day from the age of three...

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