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The Taiwan Oyster (2013)

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Shot on location in Taiwan, The Taiwan Oyster tells the story of Darin and Simon, two American ex-‐patriots who steal the corpse of a fallen countryman and embark on a quixotic road trip through the Taiwanese countryside in search of a suitable burial place for a person they barely knew. Taiwan in the year 2000, only thirteen years after the lifting of Marshall Law rule and still an unruly place referred to by many as the "Wild, Wild East," provides a perfect setting for The Taiwan Oyster. Masquerading as a bender road-‐movie, the darkly comic film explores deep existentialist questions as the protagonists journey deeper and deeper into the Taiwanese countryside. Darin and Simon's quest for the perfect burial spot becomes a strange trip down Taiwan's picturesque East Coast Highway as they encounter the unique cultures of Taiwan, welcoming families, violent gangsters, and Nikita, another lost soul who joins their odyssey. Along the way, they explore the Southeast Asian ex-‐patriot experience, their own personal demons, and the universal questions that arise when one is confronted with an untimely death. (c) Official Site

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Cast

Sean Scanlan
as Barry "the Bull"
Will Mounger
as Jedidiah Jonas Williams
Erin King
as Mike Fink
Hai-Sen Ni
as Teacher Jerry
Bin-He Feng
as Morgue Clerk
Bob Bloodworth
as DJ Falstaff
Chia-Ying Kuo
as Mrs. Chen
Fu-Kuei Huang
as Mr. Chen
Peter Holmes
as Angry Kiwi
Joseph Shu
as Moulder
Dwayne Johnson
as Uncle Chen
Tea Andy
as Andy Kincaid
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Critic Reviews for The Taiwan Oyster

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

This is a film that holds tight to its sorrow while trying not to scare you away.

October 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Wise, unpretentious and unpredictable with well-nuanced performances.

October 21, 2013 | Rating: 8.76/10 | Full Review…

Just charming and picareseque enough, thanks in large part to its novel Taiwanese setting.

March 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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