Directed by Tso-chi Chang
Precariously swaying on the fringe of existence, THANATOS, DRUNK tells an ambiguously rocky yet intimate story of love and loss. With a beer can in hand at all times, Rat can’t help but escape underlying experiences of death and grief. As he takes hobby in befriending ants, buying pig heads and bringing putrid fish home, the multifaceted memory of his mother transfers to romantic, violent and repulsive moments in his life.
Meanwhile, his gigolo friend Shuo is caught in a magnetic affair with his wife, Rat’s gay brother and their cousin — there’s no turning a blind eye away from the consequences. With moist sunlight on the town’s musty shacks, Taiwanese director Tso-Chi Chang paints a saturated and whirling narrative, where inebriated and helpless mortal demons dance with the gods of death.
No stranger to characters on the margins of society, Tso-Chi Chang (WHEN LOVE COMES) thoughtfully hits the mark again with THANATOS, DRUNK. Teetering on passionate yet murky relationships, it’s a question of whether love and life have a place among those of the netherworld.
— Diana Li
Co-presented by: TaiwaneseAmerican.org
Director/Editor/Sound: Tso-Chi Chang
Producer: Wen-Hung Kao
Cinematographer: Chih-Chun Hsu, Chih-Teng Chang
Cast: Hong-Chi Lee, Jen-Shuo Cheng, Shan-Ho Huang, Hsueh-Feng Lu