Banana Paradise


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Banana Paradise

  • 1989
  • Directed By: Wang Tong
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama
  • 116 Minutes
  1. Sunday, January 29, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Banana Paradise


Part of Wang Tong’s quasi-comical Taiwan trilogy, Banana Paradise follows the path of a young man named Door Latch and his friend who move to Taiwan in 1949, believing it to be a land of opportunity. Door Latch meets a woman who he marries, taking on her late husband’s name and diploma to help him find employment and help care for her son. This eventually leads to complicated, embarrassing, and comedic situations as he wants to travel back to Mainland China decades later. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Introduction by Professor Guo-Juin Hong. (HD Presentation)

Guo-Juin Hong
Guo-Juin Hong is an associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Duke University. He specializes in film historiography, film theory, sound studies, post-colonial theory and theories of culture and globalization, and film and other media of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

Dire Straits: Historiographies of Home in Wang Tong’s Cinema
Monday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m.
School of Global and International Studies Room 1060