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February 9–15, 2018

Chicago Premiere

The Great Buddha +

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Grand Prize
Audience Award
+ 4 Festival Prizes
Taipei Film Fest
Toronto Intl
Film Fest
"Affecting... The Great Buddha is compelling due to its mordant wit, authentically observed performances and distinctive cynical/lyrical outlook"
  —Film Journal International
"Convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak"
  —Chicago Tribune

Pickle (played with beautiful understatement by Cres Chuang) works as a night watchman in a foundry, where a giant statue of Buddha is under construction. Belly Button (played with piquant humor by brilliant theatre actor Bamboo Chen) leads a life on the urban Taiwanese margins, collecting scraps of garbage by day and hanging out with Pickle at night.

Bored of passing the time by flipping through porn magazines, they discover that their somewhat sleazy, politically well-connected, decidedly over-amorous boss Kevin (Leon Dai, the classic corrupt political-businessman type) has a dashcam with plenty of stored footage, featuring promiscuous meetings with various women. At first, they watch the footage for fun, but soon they get addicted to peeping into the boss's colorful private life and accidently discover the boss's unspeakable secret. As a result, a ridiculous chain reaction is triggered, and even the statue of Buddha, ready to be sent to the religious festival, is forced to play a role in this chaotic situation. The further they investigate, the more simultaneously dark and comical the story becomes.

Directed by Huang Hsin-Yao, Taiwan, 2017, 104 mins. In Taiwanese, Mandarin and English with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Feb. 9 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 10 at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sun., Feb. 11 at 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 pm
  • Mon., Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Feb. 13–15 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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