Friday, April 11, 2008

taiwanese puppet drama

once a popular folk entertainment, performed at temple fairs and other celebrations, and then in the last decade turned into a television program, budaixi is now rarely seen. i caught a rerun today on tv; it is all in taiwanese, so i can only try following the chinese subtitles. the stunts and special effects are low-tech but delightfully creative. a few weeks ago i saw a puppet stage on a truck on the night of presidential elections. the puppets were propagandistically celebrating the victory of Ma Yingjiu for president, shouting slogans to fast pop music, as fireworks went off nearby.

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