Terrorizers is a 1986 film by Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang.

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MandarinKǒngbù Fènzǐ
Directed byEdward Yang
Produced byHsu Kuo-liang
Written by
Music byWeng Hsiao-liang
CinematographyChang Chan
Edited byLiao Ching-song
Central Motion Pictures
Release date
  • December 19, 1986 (1986-12-19)
Running time
110 minutes


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
  • Chin Shih-chieh 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
  • Ku Pao-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

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


  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, archived from the original on June 9, 2009, retrieved April 28, 2009
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