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Rebels of the Neon God

Tsai Ming-liang / TW, 1992 / 106 min.

Taipei, the early 1990s. The economie is booming, but it hardly seems to trigger the young. They hang around, without any goals or ambitions. Tsai's  first feature film is an occasionally ironic sketch of a friendship between two boys in a metropolis. Motorbikes, video games, girls and sex are underscored by atmospheric guitar music.

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Accompanying the VR experience Missing Pictures, in which Tsai Ming-liang shares childhood memories and talks about how living with his grandparents and going to the cinema twice every evening shaped him as a filmmaker, Eye will screen his influential debut. In Rebels of the Neon God, Ming-liang’s camera focuses on Hsiao Kang and Ah Tze: one a slacker teen who fails his exams and gets kicked out by his parents and the other an angry young criminal. One rides a scooter, the other has a motorcycle he lavishes care on.


Scenes from this movie may cause fearThis movie contains scenes of violenceThis movie contains scenes with alcohol and/or drug usePersons under 12 years must be accompanied by an adultThis movie contains foul language


Tsai Ming-liang

Production year




Original title

Qing shao nian nuo zha


106 min.


Min Nan Chinese





Part of

Missing Pictures

For every film completed, dozens of potential films fall by the wayside and never make it onto the big screen. In the VR experience Missing Pictures, Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-liang, Catherine Hardwicke, Naomi Kawase, and Lee Myung-Se give us a guided tour of a story they were not able to tell.

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