The Great Buddha + 大佛普拉斯
Q&A with Director Charlie Chu
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?
Directed by Hsin-yao Huang
Huang Hsin-Yao was born in Tainan, Taiwan. His directorial credits include the documentaries Bluffing (05), Taivalu (10), and Cloud Nation (15), as well as the narrative short The Great Buddha (14). The Great Buddha+ (17) is his debut feature film, and is an expansion of his earlier short.