Godspeed

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Taiwan | 2016 | 112 minutes | Chung Mung-Hong

Hong Kong comedy legend Michael Hui gives an impressively restrained performance as a down-on-his-luck taxi driver who accidentally picks up a drug mule, in Taiwanese director Chung Mong-Hong’s (Parking) offbeat, violent road movie.

"Godspeed is a darkly hilarious meditation on the meaning of friendship in the face of the absurd."Steven Hsieh, The Stranger

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After a lifetime of petty crime, Na Dow had finally found his calling as a drug mule, carrying high-grade heroin in a taxi from one end of Taiwan to the other. The job pays well but is rather dull—until the day Na Dow steps into a cab driven by Old Xu, played by legendary Hong Kong comedian Michael Hui. Almost immediately the plan takes a detour, as the shady owners of Na Dow's package take a keen interest in where the courier is headed. As Old Xu slowly charms the recalcitrant Na Dow during their day-long journey, they get tangled in a rivalry between two gangs, leading to extortion, kidnapping, murder, and other mayhem. Skillfully balancing buddy-picture laughs with the grit and menace of a crime drama, director Chung Mung-Hong steers this black-comedy road picture into unexpected directions, with witty, rapid-fire dialogue and unusual, off-balance compositions. The veteran Hui stands out in an uncharacteristically restrained performance as the desperate, talky cab driver/philosopher in way over his head as his taxi becomes the most sought-after car in Taiwan. Godspeed is a rare treat that combines character-driven humor, shocking gangster violence, and spine-tingling suspense into an entertaining caper about chance encounters and the fickle nature of fate.

Director Biography

Taiwanese filmmaker Chung Mong-Hong has both written and directed all of his films since his 2006 documentary Doctor. Mong-Hong has also acted as cinematographer for many of his well-known films, such as Parking (2008) and The Fourth Portrait (2010).

Sponsored by Wild Ginger, Taiwan Studies Initiative UW, Muckleshoot Tribe

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  • Original Language Title: Yi lu shun feng
  • Director: Chung Mung-Hong
  • Principal Cast: Michael Hui, Na Dow, Leon Dai
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Producer: Jufeng Yeh, Shao-Chien Tseng
  • Screenplay: Chung Mung-Hong
  • Cinematographers: Chung Mung-Hong
  • Editors: Lai Hsiu-hsiong
  • Music: Seu-ming Tseng
  • Awards: Golden Horse Awards 2016 (Best Art Direction)
  • Filmography: Soul (2013); The Fourth Portrait (2010); Parking (2008)
  • Language: Mandarin, Min Nan
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: MandarinVision