Directed by master of Taiwanese coming of age dramas, Yee Chih-Yen, Salute! Sun Yat-Sen explores the social inequality and complicated male friendships of a group of teenagers. Lefty, a high school boy, turns to petty crime to pay his school fees – however this soon turns to gang conflict, executed with comedy, absurdity and silliness.
The focus of this crime is a bronze sculpture of the “father of the Chinese Republic” and nationalist revolutionary Sun Yat-Sen, who encouraged China to accord to a Western structure to excel economically and socially.
On an intellectual level, the film intends to expose inherited wealth, class and, with this, poverty. There is irony in the choice of figure that these cash-strapped young men have chosen to steal and melt down, and with this come contemporary and historical political undercurrents – while on the surface the film is suspended on the cusp of adulthood, where friendships are tense and life is full of uncertainty and promise.
Salute! Sun Yat-Sen will be released on DVD and VOD by Facet Film Distribution from 27 July. For more information visit www.facetfilm.com
Watch the trailer here.
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1. Yee Chih-Yen, Salute! Sun Yat-Sen.