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Chinese 恐怖分子
Mandarin Kǒngbù Fènzǐ
Directed by Edward Yang
Produced by Hsu Kuo-liang
Written by
Music by Weng Hsiao-liang
Cinematography Chang Chan
Edited by Liao Ching-song
Central Motion Pictures
Release date
  • December 19, 1986 (1986-12-19)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin

Terrorizers is a 1986 film by Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang.


The film concerns the coincidental interactions between three groups of people in Taipei: a young woman and the tough petty criminal gang of native Taiwanese she hangs out with; a Mainlander doctor and his novelist wife; and a young photographer who observes the life of the city unfolding around him, in an echo of the protagonist of Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup.


  • Cora Miao as Zhou Yufen, a depressed novelist
  • Lee Li-chun as Li Lizhong, a hospital professional and Zhou Yufen's husband
  • Jin Shih-jye as Shen, Zhou Yufen's ex who owns a company
  • Wang An as teenaged hustler
  • Liu Min as the girl's mother
  • Yu An-shun as the girl's partner in crime
  • Gu Bao-ming as Gu, police chief and Li Lizhong's friend
  • Ma Shao-chun as young photographer from a rich family
  • Huang Chia-ching as the photographer's girlfriend

Critical reception[edit]

Terrorizers is a part of the New Taiwan Cinema. "Famously characterized by Marxist scholar Fredric Jameson as the postmodern film,[1] the film was likened by Yang himself to a puzzle where the pleasure lies in rearranging a multitude of relationships between characters, spaces, and genres."[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Jameson, Fredric, The Geopolitical Aesthetic. “Remapping Taipei.” London: BFI Publishing, 1992, pp. 114-157.
  2. ^ Choi, Edo S.; Iovene, Paola, "A Time for Freedom: Taiwanese filmmakers in transition", doc films Spring 2009 Volume 3 Issue 3, Doc film society, University of Chicago, retrieved April 28, 2009 

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