Outside the Box [Office]: REBELS OF THE NEON GOD

November 18, 2009, 5:15 P.M.

SCA 108, George Lucas Building, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Taiwanese Students Association

and the East Asian Studies Center

invite you to an evening with Tsai Ming-Liang and Lee Kang-sheng
and a special screening of their 1992 classic


(Qing shao nian nup zha)

Written and Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Starring Lee Kang-sheng

Followed by a Q&A with Tsai Ming-liang
and Lee Kang-sheng

  6:15 P.M. on Wednesday, November 18th
Catered reception in SCA Gallery @ 5:15 P.M.

SCA 108, George Lucas Building
School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007




5:15 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.: Reception in the SCA Gallery, Steven Spielberg Building Lobby
6:15 P.M. - 8:15 P.M.: Screening of Rebels of the Neon God in SCA 108
8:15 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.: Q&A with Director Tsai Ming-liang and Actor/Director Lee Kang-sheng
ABOUT REBELS OF THE NEON GOD (Qing shao nian nup zha, 1992)

The film depicts the story of Hsiao Kang, the disaffected son of a taxi driver who drops out of school, and Ah Tze and Ah Bing, a pair of hoodlums who rob coin boxes for arcade money. When Ah Tze gives a motorcycle ride to a girl he likes, he smashes the side mirror of Kang's father's taxi. Kang witnesses the incident and begins a relationship with the delinquent, while at the same time plotting his revenge.

In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles.

Running time: 106 minutes.



Director Tsai Ming-liang

Tsai Ming-liang, part of the "Second New Wave" of Taiwanese filmmakers, was born in 1957 in Kuching, Malaysia. He graduated from the Drama and Cinema Department of Chinese Cultural University of Taiwan and spent the early part of his career working in television production and screenwriting. His first feature debut film, Rebels of The Neon God (1992), is considered a template for much of his later works which focus on Taipei youth, urban alienation, and family problems. He has won awards for many of his films including: Rebels of the Neon God (1992), Vive L'amour (1994), The River (1997), The Hole (1998), What Time Is It There? (2001) and The Wayward Cloud (2005).  His most recent film, which was shown at this year's Cannes Film Festival is entitled Face (2009).
Actor/Director Lee Kang-sheng

Lee Kang-sheng, an actor, screenwriter and director, was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1968. He has appeared in all of Taiwanese Director Tsai Ming-liang's films, noted above. In 2003, Lee directed his first film, Missing, which won the KNF Award, the NETPAC Award and the Tiger Award at the 2004 Rotterdam International Film Festival. His second film, Help Me Eros (2007), also won a special jury award at the 2007 World Film Festival of Bangkok.

Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng will also participate in a Q&A at UCLA on Thursday, November 19th following a screening of I Don't Want to Sleep Alone. To learn more, click here.


Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.


This screening is free of charge and open to all USC students, faculty, staff and alumni. The theater will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity and the RSVP list will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no reserved seating. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors to the theater will open at 5:45 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.


In 1975, the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences established the East Asian Studies Center (EASC) in order to provide dedicated leadership, coordination and support for the growing interdisciplinary education, research activity, and community outreach concerning East Asia. EASC has been recognized as one of the nation's leading centers for the development of East Asian area studies and is among a small group of elite colleges and universities to be designated a National Resource Center for East Asian studies by the U.S. Department of Education.

To learn more about the EASC, visit: http://college.usc.edu/east_asian_studies/
Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu
Phone: 213.740.2330