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Honey PuPu
(Xiao Shi Da Kan)

by CHENG Hung-I

  • Japon
  • 2011
  • Fiction
  • Couleur
  • 102′
  • Mandarin
  • 35 mm
  • honey16

At first sight, Honey Pupu does not seem to make any sense, like its
title. It is a collection of characters hiding behind nicknames (Dog,
Assassin, Cola, Money, a.k.a. Cheesebaby, Vicky) who communicate
through a strange social network on the subject of disappearance
(that of a boyfriend or the imminent extinction of bees), involving a
collage of contemporary imagery (music videos, commercials, mobile
phones, etc.), in a hi-tech future which is less and less virtual, with a
series of outdated brands bound to disappear… As a counterpoint to
this “all-in-one”, the amazing soundtrack, with extracts taken from
LP records of Grieg, Bach, Saint-Saens, Mozart and Beethoven, enters a
conversation with a well chosen beat. The most unexpected Taiwanese
film in years, Honey Pupu does away with everything we know in order
to better grasp the essence of our time, setting a sense of wandering
and linguistic and cultural dislocation against the possibilities of a
stylised and lucid urban poem. This is the song of a generation which,
not so long ago, was dancing a millennium mambo in front of Hou
Hsiao-hsien’s camera. JB

  • Titre françaisHoney PuPu
  • Original titleXiao Shi Da Kan
  • ScénarioChun-Wei Kang
  • PhotoFisher Yu
  • MontageChen Hung-I, Yua-Xing Liu, Jing Lin
  • SonDuu-Chih Tut
  • InterprétationSheng-Yi Chiu, Chen-Shi Lin, Po-Sheng Lin, Ta-Chi Lee, Hsin-Ying Hsieh, Pei-Yu Tseng

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