The Great Buddha+ (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Great Buddha+ (2017)




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Pickle is a night security guard at a bronze statue factory, who also plays in a band at the funerals when time allows. Earning a meager income, Pickle lives with his elderly mother. His best friend Belly Button works as a recycling collector during the day, and Pickle's biggest pleasure in life is flicking through the porn magazines Belly Button collects in the small hours in the security room. Having late night snacks and watching television are an integral part of their dull lives. One day when the television is broken, their lives are changed forever. At first, they watch the footages recorded on their boss's dash cam for fun, and soon they get addicted to peeping into the boss's colorful private life and accidently discover the boss's unspeakable secret. As a result, a ridiculous chain reaction is triggered, and even the statue of Buddha, ready to be sent to the religious festival, is forced to play a role in this chaotic situation. The story involves gods, the middle-aged men's sexual desire and the conversation between ghosts and humans. Maybe the audience will find it preposterous, but isn't life itself a farce?

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Critic Reviews for The Great Buddha+

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

This ballad of sad losers mixed with satire on parochial politics is convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With The Great Buddha +, Huang Hsin-yao makes a brilliant first impression on the international film scene.

April 30, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Viewers looking for renewed faith in the power, vision, and sheer fun of movies will love The Great Buddha +, which manages to dig into particulars of life in Taiwan while stressing odd aspects of modern life almost everyone can relate to.

February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Marvelous Taiwanese study of down-and-outers' survival strategies defines "bittersweet," while managing to be effin' hilarious along the way.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

An extended, polite duel of veiled criticism which could be used as part of training programs for diplomats exemplifies what Huang does best: sit back and take pleasure in humans being both ingenious and worthy of laughter.

November 10, 2017 | Full Review…

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