Rebels of the Neon God
Rebels of the Neon God (2015)

Tsai Ming-liang emerged on the world cinema scene in 1992 with his groundbreaking first feature, REBELS OF THE NEON GOD. His debut already includes a handful of elements familiar to fans of subsequent work: a deceptively spare style often… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 4, 2003
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Consensus: Rebels of the Neon God announces writer-director Ming-liang Tsai as a fully formed talent -- and remains one of the more accomplished debuts of the decade.

Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

Like Godard's "Breathless" and Wong's "As Tears Go By," "Rebels" cunningly synthesizes both B-movie and art film.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A clinical, cool-suspicious dissection of disaffected youth maneuvering Taipei's grimier, noisier corners.

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Matt Prigge

More than just watching an early film by an untouchable master; it allows you to see his style with newly fresh eyes.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

A breathtaking, disturbing look at urban angst and the emptiness of youth culture ...

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

With longing gazes, antic and violent outbursts, and exquisite coincidences set amid his fetish objects-leaky pipes and bloody wounds, fast food and bathroom fixtures-Tsai depicts the city as a spontaneous, sticky, erotic ballet.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

For fans of arthouse cinema, it's easily the most interesting thing to come along in some time.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

It seems so fresh and immediate you'd never know that it's 23 years old.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

In addition to having one of the best titles ever, "Rebels of the Neon God" marks the start of one of modern cinema's great careers.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

One of the great films about modern unrest and the pangs of youth. I can't wait to watch it again.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
i've been thinking about getting into tsai and i've decided to tackle them in order as his feature films revolve around one character who is… More
Walter M.
In "Rebels of the Neon God," Hsiao Kang(Lee Kang-sheng) is going through a bit of a rough patch as he wants to drop out of cram school. First, he… More