Guodao Fengbi (1997)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Screwball Comedy  |   Run Time - 122 min.  |   Countries - Taiwan  |  
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This allegorical Taiwanese comedy begins when the government closes the main Taiwan north-south highway for 12 hours, creating chaotic traffic jams spilling onto side roads and affecting several lives: Stressed-out chauffeur Lo Li-tung (Chang Shih), who hates his job, gets increasingly hyper; hooker Jade (pop star Annie Shizuka Inoh) steals a car but keeps in contact with the owner (composer Jerry Huang) via cellular phone; several puppeteers become lost; and a hitman (To Tzong-hua) hijacks a bus driven by an older man (Gu Bao-ming). Based on short stories by Kuo Cheng, this film was shown at several 1997 film festivals (London, Toronto, Vancouver).

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bus, chauffeur, hitman, prostitute/prostitution, traffic-jam, puppet [doll]