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The Bold, The Corrupt, and The Beautiful

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Taiwan | 2017 | 112 minutes | Ya-che Yang

Taiwanese film star Kara Wai is the ruthless matriarch of a powerful all-female crime family who finds her syndicate on the brink of collapse, pitting mother, daughters, and the police against each other in a twisted melodrama of power, corruption, and lies.

"Few movies could ever live up to the gloriously purple rush of that title, but this not-especially-coherent melodrama gives it a genuine go, shamelessly whomping together icy female mob bosses, sordid romances, and even the occasional musical number." Andrew Wright - The Stranger

Winner of the 2017 Golden Horse Award for Best Picture, The Bold, The Corrupt, and The Beautiful is a delicious story of corruption, double-crosses, and depraved family secrets. Legendary actress Kara Wai stars as Madame Tang, a leader of a Taiwanese syndicate who brokers illegal land speculation deals between politicians and deep-pocketed businessmen. Seemingly lost in the hubbub are her two daughters: adult-aged Ning (Wu Ke-Xi), who is notorious for her hard-partying, hard-drinking ways, and 14-year-old Chen-Chen (Vicky Chen), who can do little but observe her mother's shady dealings and hope to stay emotionally grounded amid this high-stakes world. Things seem to be going well for the all-female clan, but when a councilman and his family are found massacred the day after one of her dinner parties, Madame Tang's criminal enterprise threatens to implode spectacularly. With police detectives on their tail and several high-profile clients wondering what happened to a spectacularly large sum of money that has gone missing, how far will this family go to hold it all together? A female-driven Taiwanese crime melodrama as twisted as it is cautionary—the film is framed as an allegory of greed and karma, narrated by two Lynchian musicians who cackle at the machinations of our lead characters—this is an audacious, ruthless bit of manipulation.

Director Biography
Born in Taiwan in 1971, Yang Ya-Che was involved in a number of film, television, and theatre projects before making his directorial debut with the short film Orz Boys (2008), earning him the Taipei Film Award for Best Director. He has won, and been nominated for, multiple awards for Girlfriend, Boyfriend (2012), depicting a young trio of friends and lovers in Taiwan caught in the political upheavals of the 1980s.

Sponsored by Taiwan Studies Program at UW

  • Original Language Title: Xue Guan Yin
  • Director: Ya-che Yang
  • Principal Cast: Kara Wai, Ke-Xi Wu, Ning Vicky Chen
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Producer: Wei-Jan Liu
  • Screenplay: Ya-che Yang
  • Cinematographers: Ko-Chin Chen
  • Editors: Chun-Hung Chen
  • Music: Blaire Ko
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Golden Horse Film Awards 2017 (Best Film, Actress, Supporting Actress, Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012); Orz Boyz (2008)
  • Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Mandarin Vision