Taiwan Film Festival opens in Ireland

Internationally acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien and renowned playwright Chu Tien-wen attended the opening ceremony of the 2017 Taiwan Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland.

The festival, hosted by the Irish Film Institute (IFI), opened on Thursday and will close on Sunday. Seven award-winning Taiwanese films are scheduled to play during the festival. The films include Hou's "The Assassin," which won him the best director award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and "A Touch of Zen" by King Hu, a film widely credited with introducing Chinese martial arts to western audiences. Six animated shorts will also play during the festival.

Over 300 people, including senior political and cultural officials from Taiwan and Ireland, as well as members of the press and avid film fans, attended the opening ceremony on Thursday. Taiwan's representative to Ireland, Simon Tu, said he hopes the festival will help promote cultural exchanges between the two nations.

Source: Radio Taiwan International