World Premier - Flower and Snake
Terkel in Trouble
Onuri and Other Shorts
Le goût des jeunes filles
The Complete Japanese Showa Songbook
Chinese Restaurants: On the Islands
The Big Durian
A Tout de suite
Or (My Treasure)
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan
In the Realms of the Unreal
Journeyings and Conversations
McDull, Prince de la Bun
Channels of Rage
The technology of Movable Type
SCHEMA REVIEW: October 01, 2004
DIR: Zero Chou | Taiwan | 2004 | 73min
In Taiwanese with English subtitles.
Preceded by Cut... more on that later.
Thur. Sept 30 | 7:30pm | Granville 7 Cinema, Theatre 1
Fri. Oct. 1 | 3:00pm | Granville 7 Cinema, Theatre 1
The fiction debut of documentary filmmaker Zero Chou is a story about grief bridging the double life of Roy/Rose. By day, Roy is a Taoist priest whose family owns a funeral service business; every night though, Roy becomes Rose, a beautiful drag queen who travels and performs elaborate shows with her friends on the back of their loud rainbow truck (the 'splendid float'). Roy/Rose soon falls in love with smalltown fisherman named Sunny and things are great until Sunny drowns suddenly. Through the rest of the film, Rose must deal with her grief amongst her friends since she'll never be recognised as Sunny's widow.
There isn't a lot of plot (i've covered about 80% of it) and the what plot remains gets stretched out over most of 73 minutes. Needless to say, the film, though touching and funny at times, gets very repetitive.
However, there is something about this program that makes it a not-to-be-missed fun machine - Royston Tan's short Cut, which immediately precedes Splendid Float. Tan's 2003 feature 15 was apparently hacked to bits by censors in his home country Singapore, and this campy little bit of cheek was his response. It's a political film and a hilarious dancy, musical. We should have more of these. I think i may even make my way back to the first 15 minutes of this program again...