Naperville Public Library Catalog
Limit search to available items
Results Page:  Previous Next

Title Rebels of the Neon God

Publication Info. Big World Pictures, 1992.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2018.
QR Code
Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (109 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Playing Time 014801
Note Title from title frames.
In Process Record.
Performer Yu-Wen Wang, Chao-jung Chen, Lee Kang-sheng, Chang-Bin Jen
Event Originally produced by Big World Pictures in 1992.
Summary Tsai Ming-liang emerged on the world cinema scene in 1992 with his first, groundbreaking feature, REBELS OF THE NEON GOD. His debut already includes a handful of elements familiar to fans of subsequent work: a deceptively spare style often branded “minimalist”; actor Lee Kang-sheng as the silent and sullen Hsiao-kang; copious amounts of water, whether pouring from the sky or bubbling up from a clogged drain; and enough urban anomie to ensure that even the subtle humor in evidence is tinged with pathos.. The loosely structured plot involves Hsiao-kang, a despondent cram school student, who becomes obsessed with young petty thief Ah-tze, after Ah-tze smashes the rearview mirror of a taxi driven by Hsiao-kang’s father. Hsiao-kang stalks Ah-tze and his buddy Ah-ping as they hang out in the film’s iconic arcade (featuring a telling poster of James Dean on the wall) and other locales around Taipei, and ultimately takes his revenge.. REBELS OF THE NEON GOD is a remarkably impressive first film that hints at the promise of its director. Though showing such diverse influences as the French New Wave, Wong Kar-wai’s early films—and, yes, Rebel Without a Cause—Tsai’s film is most remarkable for introducing his startlingly unique vision to world cinema.. Nominated for Best Leading Actress (Yu-Wen Wang), Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Horse Film Festival. Winner of Best Feature Film at the Torino International Festival of Young Cinema. “A near-masterpiece…as close as contemporary filmmaking gets to the essence of poetry." — Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Chicago Reader. “The creation of a wildly original artist coming into his own...feels alive with possibility...marks the start of one of modern cinema’s great careers.“ — A.O. Scott, New York Times
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Language In Chinese,Mandarin
Subject Foreign language films
Motion pictures
Genre Feature films.
Added Author Ming-liang, Tsai, filmmaker
Big World Pictures (Firm), Distributor.
Kanopy (Firm), Distributor.
Music No. 1877485 Kanopy
Patron reviews: add a review
Click for more information
No one has rated this material

You can...
- Find similar reads
- Add a review
- Sign-up for Newsletter
- Suggest a purchase
- Can't find what you want?
More Information


Library Catalog | Library Website

Questions? Contact Us at 630.961.4100
"My Account": Ext. 2212 / 4921 / 6103 / 6322 (
Reference: Ext. 2201 / 4941 / 6311 (
Library hours
Mon - Fri: 9am - 9pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
Sun: 1pm - 5pm