The Great Buddha+

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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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  • As savagely satirical as it is gorgeously surreal, "The Great Buddha+" is something else again - an outrageous, poignant punk Taiwanese black comedy marking the feature arrival of fresh filmmaking talent Huang Hsin-Yao.

    November 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Which may sound good, but 'The Great Buddha+' is one of those movies that's much more rewarding to think about than it is to watch.

    November 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Most importantly, the pic gets laughs out of the class system without being glib about its cruelties. The gulf between rich and poor clearly matters to Huang, who poignantly shows how poverty robs even the dead of dignity.

    July 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The good cheer goes a long way in countering the knee-jerk cynicism, which grows tiresome well before the end.

    July 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    Maggie Lee

    Variety
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  • Gripping, funny, and socially relevant-The Great Buddha+ is worth a watch if you have any interest in Taiwanese society or cinema.

    August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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