Taiwan’s King of Comedy: Interview with Kevin Chu

Wang, George Chun Han
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Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche
This excerpt from a November 2010 interview with Taiwanese filmmaker Kevin Chu (Chu Yen-ping/Zhu Yanping) features first-person point of view from one of the most prolific commercial feature film directors of Taiwan. Chu’s repertoire consists of more than one hundred mainstream titles, the majority of them comedies. Since his directorial debut "The Clown" (Xiao Cho), a 1980 sleeper hit that launched the superstardom of legendary comedian Hsu Pu-liao (Xu Buliao, 1951-1985), Chu has continuously dominated Taiwan’s box-office for more than three decades. Celebrated as Taiwan’s king of comedy, Chu’s entertaining pictures have been embraced by the mass Chinese-language audiences in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and in mainland China.
Taiwan Cinema, Comedy, Chinese Cinema, History, Kevin Chu, Chu Yen-ping, Zhu Yanping, Hsu Pu-liao, The Clown, Taiwanese Dialect Films
Wang, G. C. H. (2011). Taiwan’s King of Comedy: An Interview with Kevin Chu. In Roger Garcia (Ed.) Asia Laughs! A Survey of Asian Comedy Films (pp. 173-179). Udine: Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche.
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