Film Review: Chung Mong-Hong’s Parking


By Tatiana Ho

The movie Parking, directed by Chung Mong-Hong, presents a character by the name of Chen Mo who goes through many obstacles to get a dessert to his wife on Mother’s Day. The story begins when his car is blocked by a double parts one outside of his apartment building, resulting in confrontation of many different types of people. Chung Mong-Hong uses Parking to explore the lives of many different characters such as a broken family, an old couple, a little girl, gang members, pimps, and even a prostitute. The movie also explores Chen’s relationship with his wife and their struggles in trying to become parents.

The 2008 Taiwanese film has been presented in the Cannes film festival, Vancouver international film Festival, Busan international film Festival, the Golden Horse awards, and even Taipei film awards. It has also been awarded for best director, best screenplay, and the best new talent Award. When asked about what inspired the film, Chung Mong-Hong stated that the film was a way to explore help people celebrate western holidays while in Taiwan as well as showing differences in opinions between people from Mainland China and Taiwan.

Parking was one of the many films that were presented in an movie event by the Ministry of Culture: Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York. The movie event, hosted by BAM Cinématek, allowed audiences to view Chung Mong-Hong’s works in a new light. Mong- Hong prides himself and embodying more than one genre when presenting his movies. Known for dark comedy, melodrama, and nonfiction, the directors films are seen as a treat in American cinema as well as Asian cinema.

The movie event began on November 30, 2015 and ended on December 2nd. Being known for his regular works in film festivals, Chung Mong-Hong filled the BAM theaters without any trouble. Mong-Hong’s movie Parking served as a portrait of the urban Taiwanese people, something that is not regularly seen on American TV. For more details on the movies and the director go to www.Bam.org/ChungMonghong.

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