As We Like It
Cross-dressing, kidnapping, mysterious disappearances, family feuds: Shakespeare’s classic As You Like It covers a lot of ground, and this striking reworking only ups the ante. Boasting an all-female cast, this radical update of the Bard maintains the whimsical spirit of his original text with a twist, serving as a critique of the exclusion of women in traditional Shakespearean theater. Directors Chen Hung-i and Muni Wei paint this gender-bending new world with dazzling visuals and candy-colored animations, offering a truly unique, queer vision.
Drawing inspiration from video games, manga, and Taiwanese opera, As We Like It takes place in the near-future, in a bustling internet-free district of Taipei. Young Rosalind has fled there in a desperate search for her missing father. With the aid of her cousin Celia, she aims to bring her father back to stop her uncle from seizing control of the family business. But matters get more complicated when Rosalind dons a disguise as a man and ends up falling for the charming Orlando.
— CINDY LOU PEEPLES
Preceded By: Chain + Shoes, a What We Carry with Us microdoc in honor of World Refugee Day.
Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 9:00pm PDT Sun, Jun 20. Be sure to also check out the related Frameline Talk "Taiwan Focus."
FOCUS ON TAIWAN SUPPORTED BY
Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.) and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles
- Language: In Mandarin with English subtitles
- Premiere Status: North American