13th annual Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival celebrates what's worth protecting

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      The 13th annual Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival runs from Friday to Tuesday (June 21 to 25) at the Vancity Theatre.

      This year, the focus is on protecting what we treasure.

      And the people of Taiwan have a great deal worth protecting, including the country's astonishing cinema. After all, this is the country that produced Ang Lee.

      But there's more than Ang Lee to Taiwan, of course.

      The indie nation is also seeing its Indigenous peoples making a great comeback, much like we're witnessing in Canada.

      Then there's Taiwan's freedom of speech, its free media, and its democracy, not to mention its world-beating public health program.

      So yes, there's a reason why the festival is highlighting guardianship this year.

      With that stated, here are five recommendations.

      Lost Black Cats 35th Squadron

      June 21

      Jonathan Yang’s documentary reveals spy missions conducted by Taiwanese pilots during the Cold War


      The Scoundrels

      June 21

      Tzu-Hsuan Hung’s thriller includes bank robberies and some great martial-arts moves.


      The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful

      June 22

      Ya-che Yang wrote and directed this tale of murder that touches the life of an antique dealer.


      Long Time No Sea

      June 23

      Heather Tsui depicts the true story of an Indigenous boy and a teacher preparing for a dance competition.


      Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story

      June 23

      Director Frank W. Chen’s documentary tells the tale of the only Taiwanese baseball player to pitch for the New York Yankees.