Rebels of the Neon God Reviews

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April 12, 2019
With its handheld camerawork, restrained electronic score, vivid colors, persistent rainstorms and vibrant street scenes, Rebels of the Neon God creates a tangible sense of time and place, even as it delves deeper into incoherence and dissolution.
August 23, 2018
Although the characters speak sparingly, especially the taciturn Hsiao-Kang, we come away understanding their world a little better. The conflicts that they encounter along the way are by no means resolved, but the ending is satisfying just the same.
August 23, 2018
Hsiao, like everyone else of his generation, can't move forward in this twilight, which is soon to enter a night that will be terminated by the dawn of new political arrangements in the region and a bright new class of consumer technologies.
December 31, 2015
Not to suggest that cigarette smoking or petty crime is cool, but is it possible to have a cooler entrance than that of Ah Tze and Ah Bing, first seen robbing a blue-lit phone booth on a rainy night in Taipei, cigarettes dangling from their lips?
October 30, 2015
We've seen these kids before, but we've never seen them quite like this.
July 9, 2015
Like Godard's "Breathless" and Wong's "As Tears Go By," "Rebels" cunningly synthesizes both B-movie and art film.
July 2, 2015
A breathtaking, disturbing look at urban angst and the emptiness of youth culture ...
July 1, 2015
More than just watching an early film by an untouchable master; it allows you to see his style with newly fresh eyes.
June 29, 2015
It seems so fresh and immediate you'd never know that it's 23 years old.
June 26, 2015
For fans of arthouse cinema, it's easily the most interesting thing to come along in some time.
June 12, 2015
One of the great films about modern unrest and the pangs of youth. I can't wait to watch it again.
June 11, 2015
A clinical, cool-suspicious dissection of disaffected youth maneuvering Taipei's grimier, noisier corners.
April 16, 2015
Rebels of the Neon God still brims with the panache of someone still figuring himself out...
April 16, 2015
Tsai's film is steeped in sweaty ennui. Somehow he's managed to capture the humid closeness of city dwelling on celluloid.
April 14, 2015
[Rebels of the Neon God] is the director's most accessible film. That will seem like a funny observation once you've seen it, because Tsai's most accessible film is more unusual and uncompromising than any you're likely to see this year.
April 14, 2015
Hsiao-Kang's bad night out is one of the things that marks Rebels as a Tsai Ming-liang film. There's never any real, safe home in his films.
April 13, 2015
With longing gazes, antic and violent outbursts, and exquisite coincidences set amid his fetish objects-leaky pipes and bloody wounds, fast food and bathroom fixtures-Tsai depicts the city as a spontaneous, sticky, erotic ballet.
April 9, 2015
In addition to having one of the best titles ever, "Rebels of the Neon God" marks the start of one of modern cinema's great careers.
April 9, 2015
There is much to like and appreciate in Rebels of a Neon God, even if the tone and subject matter are mostly repellent.
April 9, 2015
If nothing else, this is a rare case in which a director's feature debut doubles as his greatest-hits album.
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