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Uncovering Liuli in This Mortal World (4)

By Chen Jie (China Daily)

09:01, April 25, 2013

A work of liuli. (China Daily)

Most people assumed this to be the main reason that "forced" them to retreat from the screen, but Chang says there is more to it.

"I did not enjoy directing movies in Taiwan any longer," he says.

He says that Edward Yang, another Taiwan New Wave director who was US-educated, told Taiwan stories in a Western way. Chang's family moved from Beijing to Taiwan and he did not feel much cultural connection with Taiwan.

"When I shot Jade Love, I did not know what Pai's house looked like in the 1930s. (Pai wrote the story based on his own childhood memory.) Taiwan's movies were all using the miniature scenes or model landscapes. I really hated it," says Chang.

More than that, he was tired of bowing to rich people who invested in his movies. Sophisticated movies exploring social problems did not sell well, and investors did not want to take risks.

There was also stringent censorship in Taiwan at that time, he says. Though Kuei-Mei, A Woman garnered best movie, best actress, best director and best script at the Golden Horse Awards, the movie watchdogs made Chang change, cut and even stop several times during shooting.

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